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Big thaw prompts flood warning
Covered storm sewers means rain & melting snow have no place to go
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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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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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