Flash flood in Ontario strands motorists, swamps basements
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 1:19 PM - A strong and slow moving system left some southern Ontarians waking up to significant flooding on Thursday.
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The heaviest rain fell in parts of southwestern Ontario where over 190 mm quickly swamped streets and basements in Tecumseh. Mayors in Tecumseh and Windsor both declared a state of emergency.
A special weather statement remains in effect for the region Saturday, with still more rain on the way.
By the numbers
• Tecumseh received up to 195 mm of rain within 15 hours Wednesday and Thursday, more than twice its entire monthly average of 89 mm.
• The worst-hit parts of Windsor received 156 mm (Forest Glade), 135 mm (Riverside) and 91 mm (Windsor Airport)
• Windsor's 311 service centre line had received 2,400 calls by Friday night, 1,500 of which related to basement flooding. The 311 line was open Saturday morning to handle more calls.
• Windsor plans a special garbage pick up day later in the week for flood-damaged items.
"Heavy rainfall which occurred over the Windsor area has diminished considerably in strength. However, rain showers and a few thunderstorms continue to spin around a slow moving low pressure system currently situated over the Ohio valley," says Environment Canada. "This low pressure system is expected to gradually move northward to Lake Erie by Sunday morning. As a result significant rainfall amounts remain possible over the weekend with amounts of 15 to 30 mm likely by Sunday evening."
Drivers were being urged to avoid any unnecessary travel as scenes like THIS show how several local streets soon turned to rivers:
This car just made it through Lesperance Rd. near Riverside Dr. pic.twitter.com/7jCMtCIJof— Dan Janisse (@winstarjanisse) September 29, 2016
Essex OPP - flooding in Tecumseh. Please use extreme caution driving in the area.— OPP West (@OPP_WR) September 29, 2016
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Lesperance Rd looking north from St. Denis. Vehicle stranded as school busses try to make there way around. Don't drive if you have to pic.twitter.com/HkdGx1K62S— Tecumseh Fire (@TECFD) September 29, 2016