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Heavy downpours flood Kingston, Ontario


Major splash on a Kingston road. Photo courtesy - allanetmanski
Major splash on a Kingston road. Photo courtesy - allanetmanski

Jill Colton, staff writer

July 29, 2011 — Intense thunderstorms rocked Kingston, Ontario earlier Friday resulting in flooded streets and power outages.

A good shot of rain leaves cars helpless.
A good shot of rain leaves cars helpless.

Kingston streets were anything but dry Friday morning.

A severe cell dumped what appeared to be a wall of rain on the eastern Ontario city causing traffic chaos.

Several streets were completely submerged with water making transit almost impossible. One follower to The Weather Network's Twitter feed said the water was so high in some spots it reached car headlights. According to reports, Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. and Princess Street were especially water-logged.

Some vehicles stalled while driving through the inundated streets. This prompted Kingston Police to remind drivers to slow down and proceed with caution.

Many roadways were closed off because of the dangerous conditions. Most of the roads were reopened later in the day, except in the west end at Gardiners Road near Golden Mile and Development Drive.

According to reports, Queen Street at Ontario (a downtown roadway) was filled with water 45 cm deep.

The rumbling storms also helped knock out power to many parts of the downtown core. At 5:30 p.m., the Hydro One website said 630 customers were affected and crews were working in the area. The estimated restoration time is set for around 7 p.m.

Cars bobbing in the high flood waters.
Cars bobbing in the high flood waters.

Utilities Kingston is advising homeowners whose basements have flooded to stay out of the ground flood until the water subsides.

In other parts of the province, the soaking system also poured down on Barrie (62 mm), Wiarton (48 mm) and Windsor (17 mm).

Although Toronto wasn't lashed by rains, the city did receive a few drops. Wet weather has been a rarity this month. Roughly 28 mm has fallen this July, which is way below the average for this time of year.

For a closer look at the weather in your area, head to the August Long Weekend forecast. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for up-to-date coverage.

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