Streams & Rivers Running High – Stay Safe around Water! (media release, April 21, 2017)

April 21, 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 yesterday’s rain. Streambanks are slippery and the water is cold and moving quickly.

“Saturday is the Thames River Clean Up, which takes place across the Thames River watershed,” said Eleanor Heagy, UTRCA Communications Specialist. “There are also many other Earth Day events this weekend, and we want everyone to be aware that streams and rivers may be running high, and to stay out of the water.”

The Upper Thames River watershed received 30 – 50 mm of rain over the past 24 hours, with most areas closer to 30 mm. Watercourses are peaking Friday morning in upstream areas and on smaller creeks; downstream areas will peak overnight Friday or Saturday. The UTRCA expects water levels to be approximately 0.5 to 1 metre above normal for this time of year.

The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are at seasonal levels, and are being 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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