Big thaw prompts flood warning

Covered storm sewers means rain & melting snow have no place to go

For many, these unseasonably warm temperatures are a welcome change from the bitter cold we were experiencing earlier this week, this weekend's spring-like forecast could bring flooding. 

There's a bit of a mess on roads and sidewalks, as covered storm sewers mean the water and melting snow have no place to go.

A few crashes in York Region Saturday morning were blamed on icy roads and poor conditions.

The warm weather and rainy forecast have also prompted a flood warning from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Over the weekend, we're looking at higher than normal water levels and flows -- and a possible ice break-up in our rivers and streams.

"The possibility exists for flooding on roadways and in low-lying areas," says its flood outlook statement.

They're advising people to stay away from rivers and streams and exercise caution near any bodies of water.

The warning is expected to be in place until Monday.

The City of Toronto tried to get out ahead of the thaw, clearing catch basins and grates to the storm sewers on Friday.

"We can use front end loaders to move the snow from the catch basins or pickup trucks with blades to push the snow and ice away," says transportation services manager Trevor Tenn.  

He says they'll have extra crews on hand Saturday because they're expecting an increase in calls for flooding.

He says you can help too, if you know of a storm sewer out in front of your home, you can make sure it's clear so the water has a place to go.

"On local roads, if you can help us, that would be great. But not on arterial roads because of the extra traffic there." Tenn says.

That being said, if you spot a problem, you can always call 3-1-1 and report it.

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  1. DW posted on 01/11/2014 11:31 AM

    Can't wait for the presser of Mayor McBoob and Dougie in a yellow rubber liferaft on a side street in Etobicoke

    And tell the Preem and Harper to turn down the Wizard of Etobico................let them figure it that property taxes in Toronto are far below the rest of the province...............raise the money yourself..................The ATM is closed!
    1. Mark7 posted on 01/11/2014 02:26 PM
      @DW Yep! It is good ole DW with another one of his misguided ranting posts. Nothing of value here, moving on...
    2. donny p. posted on 01/12/2014 07:44 AM
      @Mark7 He's 100% bang on topic, only an idiot like you would turn it into a personal attack. Toronto needs to grow some balls and pay for it's services and stop asking the taxpayers in other areas to bail us out. About time the Ford Nation retards started paying their own way and get off government welfare.

      Mother Nature is a bitch, deal with it.
    3. Mark7 posted on 01/12/2014 11:15 AM
      @donny p. Yep! It is good ole doofus with another one of his misguided ranting posts. Nothing of value here, moving on...
  2. Mike from the hinterland posted on 01/12/2014 07:02 AM
    On my residential street in North York, some neighbours while scraping and shovelling some ice noticed that the street was beginning to flood. My 5 neighbours and myself shovelled out some of the sewer grates. Problem solved. Give the dysfunctional Republic of Toronto city council a shovel and let them do something useful for once.
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