Storm sparks flood watch and house fire in NOTL

A number of issues reported in Niagara thanks to a thunderstorm that brought heavy rain, high winds, lightning and thunder to the region.

It's believed that a lightning strike sparked a house fire in Niagara-on-the-Lake at 4 o'clock today just when the heaviest line of thunderstorms moved across Niagara.

Fire officials say they were called to a home on Concession 7 for a house fire.

It appears that a lightning strike hit the side of the house sparking a fire.

No injuries are reported.

Flooding also a concern today.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch.

Officials say Niagara and eastern parts of Hamilton and Haldimand have received between 15 to 28mm of rainfall over the last 2 hours.

The most recent rain, falling on a landscape that is already saturated, has resulted in higher than normal water levels and flowed within our watercourses.

At present, water levels within our major watercourses are elevated but remain below critical thresholds.

All residents living along the upper portions of the Welland River, 20 Mile Creek, and 4 Mile Creek, especially in the Wellandport, Smithville, and Virgil areas, are encouraged to monitor river conditions.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas and over roadways are expected.

Merrittville Highway is closed at Holland Road due to flooding.

The severe thunderstorm warning ended at 5:30pm.