Water Safety Message – Streams and Rivers Expected to Rise from Spring Rain (media release, March 30, 2017)

March 30, 2017 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is reminding residents to be careful around rivers, streams and ponds, as water levels rise in response to the rain. Streambanks are slippery and the water is cold and moving quickly.

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

“Streams and rivers will begin rising overnight Thursday, and will continue to rise throughout the day Friday,” said Mark Helsten, UTRCA Senior Water Resources Engineer. “We expect watercourses to peak upstream beginning late Friday night/early Saturday morning, with peaks moving downstream throughout the weekend.”

The UTRCA does not anticipate serious flooding at this time, but there is the potential for water to spill into low lying floodplain areas if the higher rainfall amounts materialize. Water levels are expected 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.

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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