Yesterday's stormy grey skies staged the perfect ominous backdrop for everyone eagerly awaiting the return of winter during last night's Game of Thrones season premiere. However, for literally everyone else in the city, Sunday's April showers were nothing but a bleak reminder that we aren't quite in spring mode just yet, despite winter being long gone. Road closures are now in effect due to significant flooding from yesterday's Toronto thunderstorm.
The city braced itself for up to 40 mm of rainfall, based on Environment Canada's special weather statement issued this weekend. Toronto Police reported that roads across the city were experiencing tremendous flooding after a heavy rainstorm moved through the Greater Toronto Area on Sunday. The storm was caused by a low-pressure system that moved through the Toronto area Sunday into Sunday night.
Numerous roads throughout the region were flooded as a result of the rainfall, especially those in low-lying areas. Drivers in Etobicoke were advised to avoid Martingrove Road between Bethridge Road and Vulcan Street, as the stretch lying under the bridge had completely flooded. On the city's east side, the region surrounding Dawes Road and Massey Creek was also heavily flooded, resulting in the closing of Dawes Road from Donora Drive to Crescent Town Road.
Toronto Police also reported flooding in the Kingston Road and Chine Drive area. The westbound lanes had flooded, submerging the streets, according to police. Authorities are still urging drivers to take alternate routes at this time.
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority advised drivers to exercise caution when driving around any body of water since rivers and streams were measuring water levels after the storm hit. The bodies of water within the GTA are reportedly still slippery and unstable, resulting in hazardous conditions for both drivers and pedestrians.
"The combination of slippery and unstable banks could create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies. All rivers and streams within the GTA should be considered hazardous."
The good news is that the flood outlook was in effect only until Monday.