The Thames River peaked at London Thursday morning and that peak is expected to reach Dutton at approximately 6 p.m. this evening. If current projections remain in effect the peak will arrive in Thamesville Friday and in Chatham Friday night.
The water level could be from three quarters to one meter above current levels, placing waterfront property and other low lying areas in danger of flooding.
Water control structures on McGregor and Indian creeks are operational for the protection of Chatham. The W. Darcy McKeough Dam has been closed, diverting water from the north branch of the Sydenham River around Wallaceburg.
Municipal officials are warning the public to avoid waterways due to high water, slippery banks and rapid current. A number of local roadways have been closed. Emergency officials are urging motorists to obey any signage warning of road closures.
A three-year-old boy is missing after his parents' van was swept into the Grand River Wednesday near Fergus when the vehicle travelled onto a water-covered roadway.
Visit these sites for further information.
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
St. Clair Region Conservation Authority
Entegrus – power & home flooding info http://www.entegrus.com/news/potential-localized-flooding-due-heavy-rains
CK Fire - http://ckfes.ca/