• The peak of this recent flood on the Thames River has now passed out into Lake St. Clair
• Water levels are falling throughout the watershed but should be expected to remain high in downstream areas into the weekend.
Heavy rains last weekend caused flooding on the Thames River for a third winter in a row. The peak flows of the flood have now left the watershed and passed out into Lake St. Clair. Water levels are falling throughout the watershed but should be expected to remain high in Chatham and downstream areas into the weekend.
Weather forecasts are calling for a significant snowfall event overnight and into tomorrow. Forecasts for Saturday are also calling for a period with temperatures above freezing with mixed precipitation and some rain. This precipitation is not expected to cause any additional flooding. However, the winds associated with this event could cause shoreline flooding which will be addressed in a separate message.
In Chatham, the 6th St. Dam has stopped pumping operations and will be reopened this afternoon. The Diversion Channel Dam is expected to be open shortly afterwards.
People should continue to take extra caution and avoid the river, ditches, and streams. Water left behind from the flooding is now freezing which can lead to dangerous icy conditions. The combination of slippery banks and fast moving cold water can also be dangerous. Standing water can present its own unseen hazards. Children and animals should be kept away from the water.
As flood waters recede, we ask that residents attempt to ensure that catch basins and other drainage works are free of debris and can function properly. Debris and other waste left behind from the flooding should be properly disposed of rather than thrown back in the river.
Officials will continue to monitor the situation and update this advisory if necessary.
This message will be in effect until January 19, 2020.
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