Thaw and Rain Expected to Produce Minor Runoff (media release, Jan 22, 2018)

January 22, 2018 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety this afternoon.

Five to 10 mm of rain has fallen in the Upper Thames River watershed since early this morning. An additional 15 mm is forecast to fall over the rest of today and into the evening. This rain, combined with above freezing temperatures over the past couple days, will cause some runoff. Streams and rivers will rise as a result.

The UTRCA does not anticipate serious flooding at this time.

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. Do not go on frozen flood control reservoirs, especially near control structures where operations and flow conditions result in additional hazards.

Streams and rivers are expected to peak starting later Tuesday and into Wednesday. Water levels will remain elevated over the week. Temperatures are forecast to return to below freezing tomorrow, with additional rain and warming forecast on the weekend.

The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are at seasonal levels and are being operated to reduce any downstream flooding. 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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