All roads reopen, cleanup begins following heavy rains, flooding
Between flooded roads and flooded basements, London and surrounding regions were left drenched after a significant rain event rolled through the area.
Middlesex County declared a State of Emergency due to widespread flooding throughout the county Wednesday evening.
Some regions experienced nearly 100 mm of rain in roughly 24 hours, leaving many roads flooded and in danger of washing out.
All local roads in Southwest Middlesex were closed to the public and a significant weather event was declared, according to the municipality.
As of Thursday morning all roads have reopened across Middlesex, but the county says that while all roads are open there are several shoulders that have been washed out.
County crews were working throughout the day to repair the damage.
At Shady Pines campground near Nairn, 30 overnight sites were taken over by the swollen and fast moving Nairn Creek.
Seasonal sites remained dry, but Shady Pines Manager Kelly Mead said weekend overnight camping may be impected.
Shady Pines campground near Nairn was taken over by the swollen and fast moving Nairn Creek as seen here on Thursday September 23, 2021 (Sean Irvine / CTV News)
The Thames Valley District School Board had to close three schools in Middlesex County Thursday due to the rain, including Glencoe District High School, Eckoe Central Public School and Mosa Central Public School.
And farmers are taking stock of the potential damage to crops if the water doesn't run off quickly.
Nelson McLachlan owns crops, livestock and maple syrup producing land in the area.
He says, "If it drains away in the next couple days, it'll probably be alright, but there could be some quality issues later on."
In London proper several roads were left underwater Wednesday evening and overnight due to the heavy rain.
The City of London closed Oxford Street between Beaverbrook Avenue and Proudfoot Lane.
A video posted to Reddit shows an LTC bus filling up with water as its driver attempted to navigate the flooded roadway.
A portion of Dingman Drive was also closed due to flooding as was Pine Street between Ash Street and Hume Street.
Flood warnings have been issued by numerous convservation authorities including the Upper Thames Valley Conservation Authority (UTVCA), which is warning people not to go near waterways at this time.
The UTVCA says that despite the rains easing the waterways can remain high and dangerous for several days, stating the Thames River reached boating ban levels.
Environment Canada ended its rainfall warning for the region as of Thursday morning, but not before some bus routes were impacted.
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