Heavy Rain Floods Streets

photo by Jo-Anne Bishop of London

Some London streets looked more like canals on Wednesday night after a powerful rainstorm moved through the region.

Environment Canada predicted at least 40 mm of rain, and on Thursday morning reported the actual amount was 67.7 mm. That’s almost equal to the amount of rainfall London received in last Friday night’s storms when 70 mm fell in a few short hours.  As it did on Friday, the Western Fair had to shut down early because of the storm.

London District Fire Chief Dean Baker tells Blackburn News they attended a flurry of emergency calls during and shortly after the storm, for everything from flooding to people trapped in elevators because of power outages and a few traffic accidents.

Streets including Queens Ave. and Dufferin Ave. flooded enough that at least one opportunistic paddler brought out his canoe. There were reports of downed trees on power lines at Maitland St. and Piccadilly St. and an uprooted tree blocked part of Sanitorium Rd. between Boler Rd. and Riverside Dr.  London Hydro reports a small power outage on Thursday morning in the Richmond St. and Sunningdale Rd. area. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued in the evening and cancelled at about 9pm.

If your basement flooded, The City of London wants to hear from you.  You can call 519-661-4570 or visit the web HERE.