Streams and Rivers Expected to Rise from Spring Rain (flood bulletin, March 30 – April 3, 2017)

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety (Issued March 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm; Valid until April 3, 2017)

A system with potentially 30-45 mm of rain is forecast to affect the Upper Thames River basin over the next 24-36 hours.

Streams and rivers will begin rising in response to this rainfall overnight Thursday, and will continue to rise throughout the day Friday.  Peaks are expected to occur upstream beginning late Friday night/early Saturday morning, and will move downstream throughout the weekend.

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) does not anticipate serious flooding at this time; however, there is the potential for water to spill into low lying floodplain areas if the higher rainfall amounts materialize.  Expect water levels to remain elevated over the weekend, and into early next week.

The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are at seasonal levels, and will be operated to reduce downstream flows.

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

Municipal staff should monitor local drainage problem areas.

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

See Thames River flow information 

Contact: Eleanor Heagy, Communications Specialist

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