Over the last week, Thames River water levels have been high throughout the region due to warm temperatures and snowmelt from the upper watershed. Water levels had been in decline for the last few days but with the rainfall yesterday evening and overnight, water levels will begin to rise again. Yesterday’s rainfall came in lower than predicted with measurements ranging from 10 to 16 mm throughout the lower Thames watershed. There is currently no significant rainfall amounts predicted until Sunday.
While water levels on the Thames River will begin to rise again, we do not expect to see any additional flooding of the river flats (those being the low lying areas adjacent to the river) upstream of Chatham beyond that which we have already seen this last week. In Chatham, the Authority is no longer expecting to operate any of its flood control infrastructure, nor is there expected to be basement flooding to those businesses on King St. that back onto the river.
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 April 11th unless revised.