Chatham-Kent authorities monitoring ice jam

Image released by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

The flood warning issued by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority prompted the municipality to activate its Emergency Operations Centre committee shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday.

Mayor Darrin Canniff said the move allows the municipality to be on alert should the jam cause significant flooding.

Members of the Chatham-Kent Fire Services and the Economic Development Services have been canvassing residents and businesses in low-lying areas to make them aware of the situation.

“There has been some flooding along low-lying area along the Thames,” Canniff said. “We’re in constant contact with the Lower Thames Conservation Authority which is monitoring river flow and weather conditions.”

Canniff said high water levels and slippery banks make it extremely dangerous to be along the river. “The water is extremely cold and the current is very fast. You can be swept in and lost in a matter of seconds. The best idea is to simply stay away from the river.”

Mayor Canniff said the situation is dynamic and could change quickly. “Mother Nature is unpredictable so we are preparing for the potential for flooding while hoping it doesn’t happen.”

He urged residents with question to contact the municipality at 519-360-1998. In case of emergency, the public should call 9-1-1.

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