• Water levels on the Thames River are dropping along its entire length.
• Flood waters are mostly back down out of the river flats from Delaware down to Thamesville.
• River levels are likely to remain high for a few more days in downstream areas.
• People should still exercise caution around the river.
From late Tuesday evening through Wednesday, the watershed received an unusually large amount of rain for this time of the year. Around the watershed, rainfall totals ranging from 60 mm to over 100 mm were recorded. As a result, there have been unusually high flows on the Thames River, more similar to a spring flood event. Thames River water levels peaked in London on Thursday evening, and around the middle of the day on Saturday around Dutton, and yesterday morning in Chatham. There is no rain in the forecast for the next few days.
Water levels on smaller local watercourses are back down to seasonal levels in most areas, except those downstream areas still influenced by high levels on the Thames River.
Water levels along the Thames River are now dropping along the entire length of the river from Delaware down to the mouth at Lighthouse Cove. Flood waters are mostly back down out of the river flats from Delaware down to Thamesville. River levels should be expected to remain high for a few more days in downstream areas.
People should take extra caution and avoid the river, ditches, and streams. The combination of slippery banks, fast-moving water and debris in the river can be dangerous. Standing water can also present unseen hazards. Children and animals should be kept away from the water.
This message will be in effect until September 31 or until updated.
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