Staying safe during heavy rainfall

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Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for Vaughan today and into Thursday. Conditions are favourable for 40 millimetres to 60 millimetres of heavy rain, which could result in increased water levels and flows within creeks and rivers. In response, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch.


The City of Vaughan is reminding residents to stay safe during heavy rainfall. Avoid bodies of water, such as creeks, streams and rivers, as these weather conditions can result in fast-flowing water and slippery or unstable banks. Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. 


The City’s Public Works teams are monitoring the forecast and preparing to respond to any critical events as a result of the weather. Staff regularly inspect the road network and areas that may be more susceptible to flooding and will be monitoring the city’s creek and river systems for signs of localized flooding.


Residents living closest to a catch basin are encouraged to help clear it, if it’s safe to do so, before heavy rainfall starts. Catch basins are stormwater drains located in the road, and they ensure rainwater makes its way back into ponds, streams and lakes. But if a catch basin is blocked or covered by yard materials or debris when it’s raining, water can pool and cause flooding. 


Report sewer or street flooding to Service Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or


For more tips to stay safe during a flood, visit the City’s emergency planning webpage. 


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