Flooding caused issues on the DVP

Fluctuating temperatures are causing major flooding on Toronto's streets — including the Don Valley Parkway which was built on a flood plain. The city is investing in emergency alert systems because the flooding will likely only get worse.

By News Staff

Flooding in Toronto overnight created traffic problems for drivers who were trying to take the Don Valley Parkway.

The southbound DVP from Richmond Street to the Gardiner Expressway, as well as the ramps, were closed. But everything reopened just before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The northbound lanes of Bayview Avenue remain closed Nesbitt Drive and Moore Avenue for flooding.

The issue on the DVP started just before midnight on Monday, initially causing the parkway to be closed from Bloor to the Gardiner.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority issued a flood warning just after midnight, saying that the warm temperatures caused widespread melting of snow around the GTA watersheds.

“Due to the potential for further snowmelt caused by above freezing temperatures in the region, rivers within the GTA will be experiencing higher flows and water levels, resulting in hazardous conditions,” the warning said.

“Ice jamming was also observed at the mouth of the Don River.”

The flood warning will be in effect until noon.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said a high of 10 C was already reached on Tuesday but the temperature will fall to -2 C this afternoon.

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