Heavy rains pound Hamilton area, causing flash flooding on roadways
Dundas, Ont. has been hit by flash flooding along the Niagara escarpment due to heavy rains. (Rebuild Hamilton/Twitter)
Amara McLaughlin, CP24.com
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:01PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:03PM EDT
Torrential-like rain in Hamilton area has created flash flooding conditions and is forcing road closures throughout the region.
The city issued a localized flooding warning on Thursday evening, saying “there is currently some flooding occurring throughout the city.”
This comes after Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Hamilton.
Between 40 and 70 mm of rain is expected to fall tonight, the federal weather agency said.
Hamilton Conservation Authority has put the city on a flood watch.
“Residents should continue to exercise caution near all water bodies and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams at this time,” the statement said. “Elevated water levels, faster moving water, rapidly changing levels and flows, and slippery banks may pose a significant hazard.”
Dundas, Ont. was particularly hard hit by the rain.
Hamilton police shut down the main thoroughfare between Dundas, Ont. and Highway 6 due to waterlog on the roadway,
The inclement weather triggered a mudslide, which closed King Street East between East Street North and West Street, police said.
Overflowing water conditions are also reaching the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant, the City of Hamilton warned.
More to come