Water Safety Bulletin Continued – Rivers and Streams Remain High (flood bulletin, Jan 24-26, 2018)
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – Continued (Issued January 24, 2018 at 2:30 pm; Valid until January 26, 2018)
Twenty to 35 mm of rain has fallen in the Upper Thames River watershed since Monday. The runoff from this rain, combined with melting snow, is resulting in above normal flows in streams and rivers.
No serious flooding resulted from this runoff, but water levels are elevated and will remain so for the rest of the week. Temperatures have returned to below freezing, with additional rain and warming forecast on the weekend.
Municipal staff should continue to monitor local drainage problem areas.
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.
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.
Contact: Eleanor Heagy, Communication Specialist