Guys fed up with this summer weather yet?
Red Hill access from QEW closed
July 26, 2009
THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
A powerful thunderstorm that pummeled the city Sunday has caused massive flooding in homes and on streets.
OPP said the exits to the Red Hill Valley Parkway from the QEW have also been closed in both directions because of flooding. It's unclear exactly how much of the parkway is affected by rising waters or whether more parts of the road have been closed.
Hydro One, which handles some customers in Hamilton, reported a handful of people without power as of 2 p.m. in Ancaster, Binbrook, Beverly, Glanbrook and Glanford.
And the rain may not be over yet.
According to Environment Canada, as much as 50 to 75 mm of rain may have already fallen on the Hamilton area, with another 25 to 50 mm possible in the next few hours.
The government agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area and cautioned that “some severe thunderstorms produce tornadoes.”
Heavy rain started pounding the city during the late morning, causing a torrential downpour that caused water to start gushing into hundreds of homes and washing out roads. Houses particularly affected appear to be those in the east end.
Some traffic signals were also out, likely from the storm, which brought lightening and booming thunder.
There were also several reports of cars being submerged or swamped with water, but no injuries were reported.
East end councillor Sam Merulla sent out an email saying he has been “flooded by pages and phone calls of victimized residents with raw sewage in their basement.”
The storm follows a short and sharp spattering of rain the city received yesterday afternoon. The precipitation yesterday totalled 23.4 mm.
The greatest amount of precipitation in the city on July 26 fell in 1989, with 107 mm.
Environment Canada said there is a 60 per cent chance of showers Sunday night, with a risk of a thunderstorm.
The wet weather may continue tomorrow as well, with a 30 per cent chance of showers during the day.