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Burlington Flood Waters Recede After Damaging Roads, Drowning Houses

By    |   Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 01:08 PM

Flash flooding in Burlington, Ontario, has begun to subside less than 24 hours after it began Monday night and quickly shut down highways and inundated houses.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation  reported that thunderstorms brought nearly 6 inches of rain to the region — two month's worth — in just a matter of hours this week.

"I've been hearing reports of water, you know, up to the tops of vehicles, people are actually swimming from their cars," OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told the station Monday night, adding that the situation was "absolutely dangerous."

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Several roads, including part of the QEW, Highway 403, and Highway 407, were closed after water crested over the tires of vehicles, and many homes experienced flooding — especially in their basements. City officials set up overnight shelters at the Burlington Senior Centre and Mainway Recreation Centre for those who were flooded out of their homes.

Halton Regional Police received several calls throughout the night, but no injuries were reported on Monday or Tuesday.

The Toronto Star reported that many major roadways had reopened by Tuesday morning after the water dissipated, however some remained closed after it became clear they had sustained damage.

Residents posted several pictures to Twitter and other social media sites throughout and after the flood, showing details of the damage. Local officials are asking residents to report damage to both public and private property.









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