Late last week the Lower Thames region received over 40 mm of rainfall in two days. As a result there was flooding in low lying areas and some local watercourses spilled over their banks. Water levels have now receded but the ground is still quite wet with little room to absorb more rainfall. Weather forecasts are calling for between 15 and 30 mm of rainfall overnight and tomorrow morning. With thunderstorm activity, there could be up to 50 mm of rainfall.
Should the region receive rainfall amounts closer to the higher end of the predictions, the region would experience high water levels in the local watercourses and flooding of low lying areas similar to what was experienced late last week. Flooding from the Thames River itself would not be expected.
People and their pets should take extra caution and avoid the river, ditches, and streams. A combination of slippery banks and fast moving cold water is particularly dangerous. Parents should pay special attention to keep their children away from the water.
The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority will continue to monitor conditions and will issue additional messages as required.
Contact: Jason Wintermute (519-354-7310 x227) regarding this message.
This message will be in effect until May 23rd unless revised.