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Warm Temperatures Mean Melting Snow and Unsafe Conditions

Posted in the Announcements page on 03/12/2015 16:56:20 on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2015

Contact: Teresa Hollingsworth

Coordinator, Community and Corporate Services

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

519-451-2800 ext. 226

519-777-2714 (cell)

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