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Cleanup underway after ‘extraordinary rainfall’ causes flooding in Hamilton

CityNews | posted Friday, Apr 21st, 2017

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Cleanup is underway in Hamilton, after heavy rains caused flash flooding that shut down streets and caused rivers and creeks to overflow on Thursday.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch and is warning everyone to exercise caution on the waterways. However, flooding on the streets had gone down by Friday morning, and widespread flooding is not expected, the conservation authority said.

The damage on Friday morning in Hamilton and Dundas was extensive. Some of the photos can be seen below:

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The city called the amount of rain since Wednesday “extraordinary” and said crews were investigating the flooding on a number of roads.

Environment Canada, meanwhile, issued a special weather statement for Hamilton, saying up to 70 millimetres of rain was possible by Thursday night.

“A few rounds of heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the area this evening,” the agency said.

“Rainfall from these thunderstorms combined with the rain that fell earlier today could result in total amounts between 40 and 70 millimetres locally.”

A statement is in place as well for Burlington and Oakville, which could get between 30 and 50 millimetres of rain.

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