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Flood warning ends for Toronto after heavy rainfall

Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 at 6:59 pm EDT

A flood warning by Toronto’s conservation authority has ended after a “fast moving and intense” storm pushed through the area on Thursday.

As much as 40 millimetres of rain fell on the city during the intense downpour, causing rivers within the GTA to experience high water levels.

The Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) said in a statement “the weather system that brought significant rainfall to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) late this morning and early this afternoon has passed through the GTA.”

“Water levels within the majority of TRCA’s rivers and streams have peaked and are now receding.”

Despite the warning’s end, the TRCA says water levels are still higher than usual and stream banks remain slippery.

Flooding shut down several roads near the Don River, including one southbound lane of the Don Valley Parkway, the Bayview Extension between the DVP and Pottery Road, and Rosedale Valley Road. All have since reopened.

Meanwhile, Richmond Hill GO trains are back to their normal route after flooding closed the lower part of the track, prompting diversions around the area.

Earlier, Environment Canada had issued a rainfall warning for Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham, saying the areas could get as much as 60 millimetres of rain.

No further rain was expected after the early afternoon.