Flooding is so bad in and around Toronto someone was seen kayaking in the streets
It was a particularly wet weekend in the Greater Toronto Area, and continued rainfall into Monday means residents can expect flash floods and ponding as a system stalls over the region.
Major flooding occurred in Brampton on Sunday, signalling the start of what is looking to be a very wet week in the GTA.
Perhaps the most ridiculous video to emerge during the weekend flooding was a clip of a kayaker casually paddling (with their hands) along a Brampton street, in what must have felt like the most disappointing version of Venice in history.
Thunderstorms moved through the GTA on Sunday, bringing heavy rains - in some places more than 100mm - and causing some streets and homes to flood.— NEWSTALK1010 (@NEWSTALK1010) August 22, 2022
Video sent to sister station @CP24 shows a person kayaking on a flooded street in Brampton. #onstorm pic.twitter.com/lnPi1qjZgN
Some roads were completely impassable without some form of watercraft, while drivers took their chances on other flooded streets.
Localized flooding persists in Brampton, giving residents a messy start to the work week.
The City of Brampton is warning the public to stay safe around flooded areas and be mindful of the risks posed by fast-moving currents, downed power lines, and sudden erosion.
Brampton is experiencing localized flooding across the city.— City of Brampton (@CityBrampton) August 22, 2022
To report flooding on municipal roads, blocked storm sewer grates or significant basement flooding, call 311.
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It's much of the same in Toronto, with Environment Canada issuing a weather statement for the city just after 11 a.m. on Monday, warning of locally heavy rainfall.
"Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms with local rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 mm are expected. Upgrades to Rainfall Warnings may be required."
"Heavy downpours can cause water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying and urban areas is possible."
Reports of floods around Front Street in downtown Toronto emerged on Monday morning.
Front Street is pretty much a river. Please be courteous to pedestrians. I’ve been sprayed so many times by drivers mostly going too fast for weather conditions— Anne Marie Aikins (@AMAwithAMA) August 22, 2022
The region will experience a brief break of mid-week sunny weather before the rain returns on Thursday and Friday.
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