Conservation Authority Warns of High River Flows (flood bulletin, November 19, 2017)

November 19, 2017 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is warning watershed residents to use extreme caution near all watercourses, and to keep pets and children safe.  Water in streams, creeks and the Thames River is fast moving and cold and bank areas can be slippery.

Most parts of the Upper Thames River watershed received an additional 15 to 30 mm of rainfall yesterday on top of the 10 to 30 mm of rainfall received earlier in the week.  The highest rainfall totals were received in the North part of the watershed.  The additional rainfall is producing the highest stream flows since spring of this year in the majority of watershed water courses.

The UTRCA reports that river water levels will be approaching top of bank in some areas but that serious flooding is not expected at this time.  Flows in upper portions of the watershed and smaller streams are expected to peak during the day today; the Thames River in London is expected to peak overnight tonight and into early Monday.

The UTRCA is using the flood control reservoirs at Pittock, Wildwood and Fanshawe to reduce downstream flooding. The reservoirs are all currently at seasonal levels.

See Thames River water level information

Contact:  Teresa Hollingsworth, Manager, Community and Corporate Services

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