Stream and River Water Levels will Remain High (media release, March 3, 2017)

March 3, 2017 – After receiving between 30 and 35 mm of rain across the watershed on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is once again reminding people to stay safe around watercourses. Streams and rivers, which were already running high and fast, responded quickly to the rain as the ground was already saturated and unable to absorb the rainfall.

Mark Helsten, UTRCA Senior Water Resources Engineer, reported that “watercourse water levels peaked on Wednesday evening and into Thursday.  The water levels will remain high and the watercourses fast flowing over the weekend and into the early part of next week.” The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are being operated to reduce downstream flows.

The Conservation Authority is keeping a close eye on conditions, as warm temperatures combined with additional rain is forecast for the middle of next week.

Residents are reminded to use extreme caution near all watercourses, and keep children and pets away. Streambanks are slippery, the water is very cold, and any remaining ice is unstable and thin.

UTRCA officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.

Thames River water level information —

Contact: Eleanor Heagy, Communications Specialist

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