The mouth of the Thames River on March 20, 2014. (Photo by Simon Crouch)

Flood Risk Reduced

Cooler temperatures and less rain than expected has reduced the chance of flooding along the Thames River.

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority says the ice cover on the river is already starting to show open patches in the ice.

And while officials say the ice may break-up over the next few days flows aren’t expected to get high enough to present a significant risk of ice jam related flooding. The predicted rainfall and snowmelt may cause some flooding of low lying areas from Delaware to Chatham.

The authority is also advising that the public avoid the river, and other bodies of water as the ice melts and that parents keep children away from the water.