UPDATE: Water level decrease continues on Thames River

A Canadian flag still stands as River waters take over residential properties. February 8, 2019. (Photo by Greg Higgins)

Water levels for the Thames River are continuing to drop slowly.

According to the update released by the municipality around 7 p.m. Sunday, dikes have remained relatively stable with two repairs currently in process. One is to the north of the river, the other to the south.

Municipal staff say they are continuing to monitor the situation.  Water seepage continues to occur at the base of the dikes but should decline as the water level declines.

According to the update, drainage staff and contractors are on site repairing dikes as required and staff from the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority have been working around the clock.

Water channels are open at Lighthouse Cove but the ice jam remains stationary.  The ice jam now extends from the mouth of the river to the Prairie Siding Bridge.

Work to reinforce the base of the dikes will resume Monday morning at places where needed. Staff have been relieved from the scene but will return in the morning with equipment strategically placed should an emergency occur.

The municipality is asking that members of the public avoid roads in the area since conditions could change quickly. The localized state of emergency enacted Friday will remain in place until the situation has fully stabilized.

The municipality’s phone line is being staffed during all hours for the remainder of the weekend. It can be reached at 519-360-1998.

—with files from Mark Brown