UTRCA Issues Flood Watch (media release, January 11, 2018)

Jan 11, 2018 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) has issued a Flood Watch today.

The forecast warm temperatures and rain are expected to produce runoff across the watershed. No serious flooding is anticipated at this time. The UTRCA expects bank full conditions in most areas, and water out of banks in areas that traditionally flood in the spring, such as Harris Park and Gibbons Park in London. Peak flows are expected to occur starting Friday afternoon and continuing into Saturday 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.

Between 20 and 30 mm of rain are forecast for Thursday through to Friday morning, combined with air temperatures remaining steady at 8 °C, before dropping below freezing 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 drop to below freezing on Friday, return to the negative double digits by Saturday morning, and remain below freezing for the rest of next week. Much of the current snowpack will be depleted by the end of this event.

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.

The UTRCA works closely with local municipalities when Flood Bulletins are issued.

See Thames River water levels information

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