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When a thunderstorm stalled over Peterborough and turned streets into rivers

Thursday, July 15th 2021, 10:32 am - On this day in weather history, Peterborough flooded.

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On Thursday, July 15, 2004, the City of Peterborough, Ontario, woke up to widespread flooding. Overnight, the city received over 190 mm of rain, overwhelming the city's drainage system.

The extreme rain was due to a storm system that hovered over the area longer than usual. Usually, a storm like this would produce between 50 to 60 mm of rain.

Peterborough, Ontario Courtesy TWN Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN

At 7:20 a.m, Peterborough declared a state of emergency. Roads, homes, and buildings across the city were flooded. Toronto sent pumper trucks to assist residents to remove water from their basements.


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The downtown area was also flooded. Potted plants along King Street were seen floating down the road. The Grassroots Café patio completely floated away.

*Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN

North parts of the city were flooded too. Marina Boulevard looked like a river. Water rushed down the road until it fed into a nearby creek.

*Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN

Since the flood, the city has replaced its pipes and has invested in flood-reduction projects.

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