Minor flooding prompts Flood Outlook bulletin from LTVCA

Lower Thames Conservation AuthorityLast week, the region experienced unseasonably cold temperatures and snow accumulation. With the warm temperatures and 20-30 mm of rain over the weekend, almost all the snow has melted away. Radar indicates that the rain has now moved out of the region, having dropped another 5 mm this morning.

Local watercourses are running high at this time. Some low-lying adjacent areas may be flooded. At this time, it is not anticipated that the McGregor Creek Diversion Channel in Chatham will need to be operated. Conservation Authority staff are monitoring the situation.

The Thames River is rising and overnight it may reach the point where it begins to flood the low-lying river flats between Delaware and Thamesville. Flooding of the upper tablelands is not expected. Water levels will remain high over the next few days as the water passes downstream.

Property owners should take extra caution and ensure that people, pets, livestock and loose objects are kept back away from 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 watch the conditions.

This message will be in effect until November 28th unless revised.

Types of Flood Bulletins

Watershed Conditions -   Safety Bulletins 

Watershed Conditions –   Flood Outlook

High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected. 

Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

Flood Watch Bulletins Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flood Warning Bulletins Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities