Fast moving, higher than normal Thames River prompts safety reminder

With water levels in the Thames River expected to remain high into the weekend, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is again telling people to steer clear from its banks.

The river swelled after a significant 48 hour weather event dropped 100 millimetres of rain in the London, St. Marys, and Stratford area by Thursday morning.

“Ditches, creeks and streams rose throughout the day Wednesday and many have reached bank full conditions or spilled their banks,” the conservation authority said in a statement. “Many low lying areas and parklands are being inundated, such as the St. Marys Flats, and Harris and Gibbons Parks in London.”

Water levels in the river are expected to remain elevated into the weekend.

Until the recede, the conservation authority is reminding the public to use extreme caution and stay away from all watercourses.

“Do not drive through any flooded roadways or walk into flooded areas. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all creeks, rivers and water bodies,” the conservation authority said.

Flood reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood, and Pittock conservation areas are being utilized to try to reduce downstream flooding.

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