For Immediate Release
March 12, 2015
Contact: Teresa Hollingsworth
Coordinator, Community and Corporate Services
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
519-451-2800 ext. 226
Warm Temperatures Mean Melting Snow and Unsafe Conditions
The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is reporting that above zero temperatures earlier this week and into the weekend will continue to melt the snow cover and runoff into ditches, creeks and the Thames River. The Authority expects water levels to begin rising late Friday, and to continue to do so over the weekend. Water levels will remain high throughout next week.
Mark Helsten, Senior Water Resources Engineer, explains that "cool overnight temperatures will slow the melting process. The forecast calls for minimal rain, and any flooding is expected to be minor in nature, and would occur in the traditional floodplain areas."
The Conservation Authority is warning residents to use extreme caution near any watercourse. Many streams and ditches are hidden by snow, ice cover is unstable, stream banks are slippery, and water is very cold. With the March break upon us, parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from watercourses.
UTRCA officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.
Thames River water level information -- Thames River flow and meteorological information
Types of Flood Bulletins
Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety -- Issued during periods of minor flooding to report on general watershed conditions to flood coordinators, and to remind the general public of general river safety issues
Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook -- Issued to provide early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions that could result in high runoff
Flood Watch -- issued when the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities
Flood Warning -- issued when flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities