Flood Watch for the Upper Thames River Ended; Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety in Effect (media release, May 8, 2017)

May 8, 2017, London, ON – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority has ended the Flood Watch issued on May 4 (updated May 5). A Water Safety message is now in effect.

Residents are reminded to use extreme caution near all watercourses, stay out of any flooded areas, and keep children and pets away. Streambanks are slippery and the water is cold and moving quickly.

Stream flows remain elevated but are expected to recede to normal levels over the next few days. Flows downstream of Fanshawe, Pittock and Wildwood flood control reservoirs will remain elevated for longer than other watercourses, as water stored earlier to reduce downstream flooding is gradually released. The flood control reservoirs are expected to return to seasonal levels by the end of the week.

The Upper Thames River watershed received 35 to 55mm of rainfall across the watershed from May 4 to 7. There is no significant rainfall in the forecast this week.

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

See Thames River water level information

Contact: Eleanor Heagy, Communications Specialist

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