Water Safety Message Continues – Rivers and Streams Remain High (media release, Jan 24, 2018)
January 24, 2018 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) reminds everyone to use extreme caution near all streams, rivers, ponds and ditches, and keep children and pets away. Ice is unstable and thin, streambanks are slippery, and the water is very cold and fast flowing.
Do not go on frozen flood control reservoirs, especially near control structures where operations and flow conditions result in additional hazards.
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 causing the elevated flows in streams and rivers.
No serious flooding has resulted from this runoff, but water levels will remain above normal for the rest of the week.
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, Communications Specialist