Flood Watch Update: Watershed Responding to Yesterday’s Rain, with More Rain in Forecast (flood bulletin, May 5-8, 2017)
Flood Watch – Update (Issued May 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm; Valid until May 8, 2017)
The Upper Thames River watershed received 25-35 mm of rain over the past 24 hours, at low intensities of 1-4 mm per hour. The watershed is responding to this rain, and watercourses are rising. An additional 25-35 mm of rain is forecast for the next 24 hours, which will cause streams to continue rising.
The UTRCA expects similar water levels to those seen during most spring freshet periods, with typical low lying areas flooded, such as Harris Park in London. Peaks are expected to arrive in smaller creeks and upstream areas in the early hours of Saturday, and in London on the Thames River later Saturday.
Municipal flood coordinators should review their flood contingency plans and be on the alert over the weekend. These messages will be updated as further information becomes available.
Residents are reminded to use extreme caution near all watercourses, stay out of any flooded areas, and to keep children and pets away. Streambanks are slippery and the water is cold and moving quickly.
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.
Contact: Eleanor Heagy, Communications Specialist