LTVCA Says Ice Jams Are Unpredictable

 

Ice jams in the Thames River are causing some problems.

Late last night, the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority posted an update to their flood warning, stating that broken ice has now made its way to Lighthouse Cove, causing a risk of flooding in that area.

Officials say that while water levels in Chatham are starting to drop, they could rise again if another ice jam forms. They say flooding as a result of ice jams can be very unpredictable.

They also say that if the ice jams don’t move out into the lake soon, they could freeze as the temperature drops.

People should take extra caution and avoid the river, ditches, and streams. The combination of slippery banks, broken or unstable ice and fast moving cold water can be dangerous. Standing water can also present its own unseen hazards. Children and pets and livestock should be kept away from the water and ice.