Due to the recent rain and warm temperatures, one Ontario town is being evacuated by police after severe flooding in the area. The town of Bolton, which is along the Humber River, is experiencing high amounts of flooding which began yesterday according to the OPP.
On Twitter, the OPP announced last night that King St and Queen St in downtown Bolton were flooding and at that time some residents were beginning to be evacuated and they asked people to avoid that area completely. They later revealed that the flooding was due to the Humber River overflowing its banks.
The nearby Town of Caledon reported that this flooding is likely the result of ice jams along the Humber River. The jams have caused blockages in the flow of the river, causing the water to run up onto the banks. Combining with melting ice and snow and yesterdays rain, this is not a good situation for Bolton.
Caledon also reported that while the fire department and heavy equipment is on the scene to break up some of this ice, the evacuation orders that were put in place last night remain in effect this morning. It's not clear how many people have been forced from their homes, but CP24 reports that several houses and one apartment building have been evacuated.
The OPP and the Town of Caledon have been sharing their photos of the flooding on Twitter.
Saturday morning: areas along the Humber in downtown Bolton remain flooded due to ice jams. The evacuation zone put in place last night remains. #Caledon Fire is on scene, with @OPP_COMM_CR. Heavy equipment continues to work at unblocking the ice jams. pic.twitter.com/hITsSL8d8N— Your Caledon (@YourCaledon) March 16, 2019
Residents and reporters in the area have been sharing their own photos and videos of the flooding as well.
Some photos from the Bolton area this morning (courtesy @TheSeanCowan) where OPP are evacuating people from their homes due to flooding. The warmer temperatures have caused ice jams and rising waters in the Humber River. @680NEWS @@CityNews #Bolton pic.twitter.com/S5krj08aMh— Stuart McGinn (@Stu_McGinn) March 16, 2019
Evacuations remain in place in the area along King Street East near the Humber River in Bolton. Heavy machinery has been brought in to break up the ice jams. @CaledonFire @Peel_Paramedics & OPP continue to assess the situation as water levels fluctuate #ONStorm pic.twitter.com/X16nfzwZe2— Andrew Collins (@ACollinsPhoto) March 16, 2019
Humber River - #10 pic.twitter.com/gEdiClzIom— Andrew Marsan (@CWGCTurf) March 15, 2019
An evacuation centre has been set up at the Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness which remains open for anyone who is affected by the flooding.