A recent warm spell in the London region led to plenty of excess water due to melting snow and rain.
Water levels in the Thames River had risen to ground level nearly causing the river to overflow. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority issued a special safety message recently. Their communications specialist Eleanor Heagy explains “we issued a flood bulletin because we had a warm spell and rain which meant any melting snow was going to be running off into streams and rivers causing them to rise. Which is a safety hazard.”
The rising water levels are a concern because this time of year the water is still very cold and riverbanks are very slippery. “We wanna make sure people stay away from the water. If you get into the water now it is very fast moving, very icy and it can get you into very serious trouble very quickly” said Heagy when asked about the UTRCA’s biggest concerns.