Flood watch remains in effect for Toronto's rivers, streams

As Toronto cleans up from Tuesday evening's torrential rainfall, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has issued a flood watch for the city. 

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, TRCA says its watersheds already received up to 50 millimetres of rainfall in parts of its jurisdiction earlier in the day, and any additional rainfall could result in higher-than-normal water levels in rivers and streams. 

"We're monitoring our rain gauges, storm gauges forecast of the rainfall that we're expecting," Nathan Plato told NEWSTALK1010. "Right now, the lower Don is flowing very high, so we're looking at both the DVP down by Dundas and also the Bayview Extension and the Metrolinx GO track."

Complicating things - Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement Wednesday afternoon, calling for an additional 20 to 30 millimetres of rain into the evening due to localized showers and thunderstorms. 

TRCA says flooding is also possible in the Black Creek watershed, and that all rivers and streams in the GTA should be considered dangerous for now. 

The organization is advising people to be extremely cautious around all bodies of water, avoid driving in low-lying areas, underpasses and roadways if showers and thunderstorms do pick up again, be ready for any transportation delays and keep an eye on all young children, ensuring they know to stay away from rivers and streams. 

The flood watch will be in effect until at least Thursday. 

Meantime, Toronto Hydro says all flood-related power outages have been resolved. However, the utility tells NEWSTALK1010 that there are some commercial buildings with customer-owned equipment that are not yet on the grid. 

Several areas of the city lost power due to the rain and subsequent flooding, including a section of North York that was impacted by a Hydro One vault fire late last month. A section of Regent Park south to Corktown was also without electricity for most of the day, after losing it late Tuesday night.