River flows remain high (flood bulletin, January 14-17, 2018)
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY (issued January 14; valid until January 17, 2018)
The Upper Thames River watershed received 15 – 30 mm of rain on Thursday and Friday, which, combined with warm temperatures, created spring-like runoff conditions throughout the watershed. Peaks occurred late Friday, and into the early hours of Saturday morning, and cold temperatures stopped any further snow melt. Water levels are receding, but continue to be elevated, and will remain so early into the upcoming week.
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. Standing water also may be hazardous.
The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are being operated to reduce downstream water levels. UTRCA officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.
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