Dozens of homes in Brampton damaged by flooding; rain turns to snow

Residents of a Brampton neighborhood are being evacuated due to flooding that damaged dozens of homes on Thursday.

In a news release, the City of Brampton said the evacuation requirement covers at least six areas of Churchville, including Martins Boulevard, Church Street, Victoria Street, Adelaide Street and parts of Churchville Road and Creditview Road.

“While the majority of residents have already been evacuated from this area, this evacuation requirement will remain in place overnight and will be reassessed tomorrow,” the city said.

In a video posted to Twitter late Thursday afternoon, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said about 50 homes in the neighborhood were affected.

The city said emergency services will remain on site and continue to monitor the situation.

In addition to the Churchville area, other parts of the city are also experiencing localized flooding, including Wanless Road on Winston Churchill Boulevard, Heritage Road from Bovaird to Wanless Drives, the Clarence Street Bridge, and the Kiwanis Bridge in the village of Peel.

The Credit Valley Conversation issued a flood warning on Thursday morning, saying “there is a high risk of ice breakup and possible ice jam formation along the Credit River.”

In Toronto, a flood warning was issued by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Toronto police said rising water levels on Don Valley Drive were leading to ” dangerous conditions” on the highway.

Police reported flooding on the Bloor Ramp leading to the Gardiner Expressway. Flooding also temporarily closed the Long Branch GO station and trains were halting in the area.

Bayview Avenue was blocked in both directions at River Street due to flooding.

As night fell, the rain turned to snow.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the city and surrounding areas, saying heavy snowfall will continue through Friday morning.

The federal weather agency said the GTA could see snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 centimeters.

“Be prepared to adapt your driving to changing road conditions. Rapid accumulation of snow could make travel difficult in some areas. Visibility can sometimes be suddenly reduced in heavy snow,” Environment Canada said in its advisory.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday morning, officials from the City of Toronto’s transportation department said the salt trucks and snow plows were “ready to respond.”

Once the rain turns to sleet around 3 p.m., the city said salt trucks will be deployed to combat slick conditions. Trucks have been placed in strategic locations to ensure they can respond to where they are needed within minutes, officials said during the briefing this morning.

Around 6 p.m., the freezing rain will likely change to snow and about 10 to 15 centimeters of snow are expected in Toronto by tomorrow.

Snowplows will be deployed on highways, major roads and local streets once certain snowfall thresholds are reached.

City staff are warning drivers to be prepared for a slippery ride tomorrow morning.

Some school boards canceled buses and closed schools today in anticipation of bad weather.

The temperature is also expected to drop overnight, prompting the city’s medical officer of health to issue an extreme cold alert today.

The temperature in Toronto will feel like -18 with the wind chill at 7 a.m. Friday.

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