UTRCA Issues A Weather Warning This Long Weekend

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority says a weather system moving into southwestern Ontario has the potential to bring 50-90 mm of rain to the Upper Thames River watershed, which is expected mostly over tomorrow and on Monday.

WOODSTOCK/ STRATFORD - The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) encourages everyone to exercise caution around ditches, streams and rivers, over the next few days. A weather system moving into southwestern Ontario tomorrow and it has the potential to bring 50-90 mm of rain to the Upper Thames River watershed, mostly over tomorrow and on Monday.

Serious flooding is not expected at this time. But if the higher rain totals are received, streams and rivers will be out of bank, and low lying areas that traditionally flood in the spring will be inundated. The UTRCA says they expect peak flows in upstream areas (Stratford, Woodstock) and smaller tributaries on Monday morning and in London early on Tuesday.

Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks will be very slippery and combined with cold, fast-moving water, pose a serious hazard. The UTRCA is encouraging parents to keep their children and pets away from all waterways.

The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are at seasonal levels and will be operated to bring down any downstream flooding. Officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.

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