Not Enough Rain For Flooding

Thames River. ( File Photo)

Less than expected rain overnight means no additional flooding along the Thames River.

Officials with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) say upwards of 16mm (0.5in) of rain fell instead of the forecasted amount that was upwards of 30mm (1in). As a result, water management supervisor Jason Wintermute says basement flooding is not expected at businesses along King St. in Chatham.

“Water levels on the river will begin to rise again,” says Wintermute. “But we don’t expect to see any additional flooding of the river flats, low lying areas, beyond what we’ve already seen this last week.” Wintermute adds that the modest rainfall also means the LTVCA won’t have to operate any of its flood control infrastructure, including the Sixth Street Backwater Dam at the mouth of McGregor Creek.

The authority is still advising that people and their pets take extra caution and avoid the river, ditches, and streams with the combination of slippery banks and fast moving cold water proving particularly dangerous.