Thaw and Rain Expected to Produce Minor Runoff (media release, January 10, 2018)

Jan 10, 2018 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety today.

The forecast warm temperatures, combined with rain, are expected to produce minor runoff across the watershed. The UTRCA does not anticipate serious flooding at this time. Peak flows are expected to occur starting Friday and continuing into the weekend in downstream areas. Water levels will remain elevated over the weekend.

Residents are reminded to use extreme caution near all watercourses, and keep children and pets away. Ice is unstable and thin, streambanks are slippery and the water is very cold.

Ten to 15 mm of rain are forecast for today through Friday morning; air temperatures are forecast to increase this afternoon, and to remain at between 6-8 °C, before dropping below zero on Friday morning. Snowpack water equivalent (the depth of water contained in the snow pack), is estimated between 40 and 50 mm across the watershed, with fairly uniform distribution.

Temperatures are forecast to return to below freezing on Friday, to return to the negative double digits by Saturday morning, and to remain below freezing for the rest of next week.

The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are at seasonal levels. UTRCA officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.

See Thames River water level information

Contact: Steve Sauder, Marketing Specialist

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