Water Safety Message – Streams & Rivers Running High in Response to Rain (flood bulletin, April 21-24, 2017)

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety (Issued April 21, 2017 at 10:00 am; Valid until April 24, 2017)

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 running high in response to this rain. Peaks are currently developing in upstream areas and on smaller creeks; downstream areas will peak overnight Friday and into the day tomorrow (Saturday). The UTRCA expects water levels to be approximately 0.5 to 1 metre above normal for this time of year.

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.

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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