Residents in Toronto are bracing yet again for possible flooding due to heavy rainfallon Tuesday.
The city is under a severe thunderstorm watch with showers and thunderstorms expected throughout the day.
Environment Canada said the rain will be “periodic” with breaks in between. However, torrential downpours for short periods are also likely.
Global News Meteorologist Ross Hull said the city could receive between 30 and 50 millimetres of rain by Tuesday evening.
Hull said flash flooding is a possibility.
Localized flooding and road conditions
The on-ramp from Dundas Street East to northbound Don Valley Parkway was temporarily closed due to flooding Tuesday morning but it has since been reopened.
Severe t-storm warning for storm cell moving into #Toronto – heavy downpours biggest threat with this one with 30-50 mm possible over a short period of time – watch out for flash flooding #onstorm pic.twitter.com/qW1TuEecZB
— Ross Hull (@Ross_Hull) August 21, 2018
Areas prone to flooding such as York Street and along Lower Simcoe in downtown Toronto will be a concern for pedestrians and drivers.
GO Transit officials are warning commuters to keep an eye out for pooling water near Union Station, Toronto’s transportation hub, and to cross at designated crosswalks.
“We’re working with the city of Toronto who owns the infrastructure at Union Station and around Union Station to ensure that flooding doesn’t occur and if it does occur then we can react and promptly get people to where they need to go in a different route to make sure they aren’t in harms way and stay as dry as possible,” Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins told Global News on Tuesday.
#CityofTO Rain expected all day today. Plan ahead and drive according to weather conditions. Drivers reduce your speed, use extra caution and don't get distracted. Please slow down and watch for pedestrians and cyclists. pic.twitter.com/tPUIFHchRk
— TO Transportation (@TO_Transport) August 21, 2018
Watershed conditions for Toronto
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) says the rain is expected to be widespread across watersheds, with a risk of thunderstorms from late morning to early evening that could lead to higher localized rainfall totals.
Residents told to clear catch basins to prevent flooding
Toronto residents are being told to clear debris from roadside catch basins to help water enter the storm sewer and prevent possible flooding. Heavy rainfall on Aug. 7 caused a number of flooded basements across the city and some homeowners blamed the city for not doing enough to fix or replace its aging infrastructure.
Rain in forecast for #CityofTO: Ensure downspouts are not blocked & are draining properly away from your home. Clear debris from roadside catch basins to help water enter storm sewer. Learn more about basement flooding prevention: https://t.co/nXMOhVMXNu pic.twitter.com/KH4C8MjZyc
— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) August 21, 2018