Thunderstorms Indulge Burlington in Flood Problems

Hundreds of Burlington residents suffered from impact of the brutal flooding and called for help on Monday night as a heavy storm blew through the city. Thunderstorm down poured intense rain and resulted in floodwaters that converted roads into rivers, flooded basements and shut down power as an estimated two months’ worth of rain fell.

According to a press conference on Tuesday by Burlington Mayor, Rick Goldring, the storm and the resulting flood has caused the city to reassess its infrastructure and water management systems. Goldring alleged that “obviously storm-water management is a big part of our capital budget every year, and our staff is always analyzing what we need to do and the action we need to take.” He added that “I believe we’ve done the best we can addressing what needs to be done so far.” Goldring speculated that the city will most likely not need any disaster relief from the province, although an official assessment is still pending.

Intense flooding caused many road and highways closures. Westbound lanes of Highway 407 at Appleby Line, the eastbound ramp of Highway 403 to Highway 401 and the Queen Elizabeth Way at Guelph line were closed due to flooding for part of the night. Meanwhile, GO Transit service was temporarily down due to the QEW closure. Whereas, Environment Canada reports that 125 millimetres of rain fell overnight, though unofficial reports suggest the rainfall in some areas was up to 250 millimetres. According to the Weather Network, 125 millimetres is about two months’ worth of rain.

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