UPDATE: DVP reopens after overnight flooding

The lower end of the DVP was closed into Thursday morning after the Don River overflowed

The banks of the Don River were swollen with muddy, brown water but as traffic got onto GTA highways for Thursday morning's drive into work, the Don Valley Parkway was open.

Heavy rain caused flooding on the DVP Wednesday night.  The freeways was shut down at 10:15pm south of Bloor Street. 

It started to re-open around 6:00am.

The Toronto Region Conservation Authority is also asking everyone to stay away from rivers and lakes because they are at dangerously high levels.

That warning will continue throughout Thursday.

Some parts of the GTA received in excess of 50 millimetres of rain -- upwards of 2 inches and in central Toronto that could have hit as high as 3 inches.

The flooding was extensive.  In variably the flood prone areas got hit the worst, meaning the lower end of the Don Valley Parkway, Pottery Road, the Bayview extension and Sunnybrook park.

On Wednesday, it wasn't long before reports of flooding were called into the NEWSTALK 1010 newsroom; specifically on off ramps from the 401 and up at Jane and Wilson, where a car was partially submerged and stuck.

"It's very hard to judge how deep that water is, and as we've seen in the past, people are tempted to negotiate those flooded areas only to be stuck, and eventually written off"

Constable Clint Stibbe went on to say they will be focusing on safety of people and drivers before helping get cars unstuck.

Toronto Fire officials were also called out to the Humber River Wednesday to come to the aid of people who somehow fell in.

"There was a male in the water who was able to get himself out, and a female was holding on to a tree, but we got a hold of her and brought her to shore," says Toronto Fire Captain Stephan Powell.

They were also called out to Sunnybrook Park near Leslie and Eglinton, to help rescue people out of vehicles that became submerged after a creek overflowed. Two people were rescued, but Toronto Fire officials say no one suffered injuries.

Both Toronto Fire and Police officials are reminding people to stay far away from the banks of the rivers, and if they are walking in the area with their pet and it gets caught in the water, don't go in and follow it. Often times animals will get out on their own safely.

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  1. JohnH_6636 posted on 06/26/2014 10:02 AM
    It didn't start raining until my subway made it to Wilson, by the time I made it to the surface at Downsview it was heavy buckets falling. It had apparently spent only a few minutes in Vaughan so I opted to wait, but it didn't stop, so I braved the elements to the parking lot, where the bus laneway between the parking lot and the subway entrance was a lake. Walking around the lake and clinging to the fence to get to my car I was soaked through. (Bless heated seats) Steeles near Petrolia was also quite flooded, as it was in previous rainstorm within the week. But somehow the rail bridge dips are never flooded here, as they do at Wilson. Despite the obvious lack of visibility in storms like this, the number of people smart enough to use a full light system on their car could be counted on one hand, including myself. It is mind boggling. The last major flood of DVP forced me to Victoria Park to get to work on Lake Shore. Transit has some benefits so far.
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