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The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is reminding everyone to use extreme caution near rivers, streams and ditches. Keep children and pets away.

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is reminding everyone to use extreme caution near rivers, streams and ditches. 

Make sure to keep children and pets away from the water, which is still really cold. The sunshine mixed with high daytime temperatures have melted the majority of the snowpack, resulting in rising waters levels. In addition, approximately 15 - 20 mm of rainfall has fallen across the watershed overnight and this morning.
 
The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) does not anticipate any significant flooding at this time although low lying flood prone areas may become inundated. Water levels are expected to peak in streams and creeks in the upstream areas of the watershed this afternoon and this evening. Peaks are expected in the Thames River in London during the day on Wednesday. An additional 15 mm of rain is forecast on Thursday. Water levels are expected to stay high for the remainder of the week.
 
The public is encouraged to exercise extreme caution around all local ditches, streams and rivers, and to stay off of frozen waterbodies and flood control reservoirs. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery and, when combined with cold, fast-moving water, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all waterways.

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