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Burst of rain causes flooding in Toronto

Staff writers
August 28, 2012 — After a hot and dry weekend across much of southern Ontario, parts of the region were soaked with heavy rain Monday.

Monday's rainfall totals
Monday's rainfall totals

It was a soggy start to the work week on Monday as rain fell across southern Ontario.

"While most of the region only picked up between 10-15 mm of rain, heavy downpours lead to localized flooding in the Toronto area," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The downtown core saw over 35 mm of rain in a short period of time, which lead to flooded basements and road closures in some places. Police rescued one driver that was trapped in their car due to rising water.

At 10:30 pm, the Toronto and Region and Conservation issued a flood outlook for the Don River watershed.

"Water levels within the Don River are very high and should be considered dangerous," the statement read.

Drivers were urged to exercise caution and avoid driving through low lying areas.

Conditions improved by Tuesday morning and a warm and dry remainder of the week is expected.

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