Rain stops, but flood­ing con­tin­ues grief

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The sun fi­nally made an ap­pear­ance Sun­day, but city and home­own­ers con­tin­ued to feel the ef­fects of the steady del­uge of rain that swept the area for a week, flood­ing lo­cal base­ments and roads.

“Be­cause of the ex­tra­or­di­nary rain in the last few weeks, we con­tinue to see things like the mud­slide on Ke­nil­worth. We’ll have to con­tinue to mon­i­tor the Es­carp­ment face,” said city pub­lic works gen­eral man­ager Dan McKin­non.

With Lake On­tario wa­ter lev­els at half-a-me­tre higher than the 100year av­er­age, Beach Strip res­i­dents will con­tinue to be af­fected.

“The lake lev­els are un­usu­ally high. They will not de­cline quickly. … It’ll take a while be­fore things get back to nor­mal,” McKin­non said.

The Weather Net­work re­ported that 85.6 mm of rain fell in Hamilton last week from Monday to Satur­day.

Jim Howlett, a long­time Beach Strip res­i­dent, said Sun­day the Beach Strip re­mains sat­u­rated.

“It does not look very good. Just be­cause the rain has stopped, it does not make Lake On­tario get out of your base­ment.”

Howlett, who lost his fur­nace and wa­ter heater, said other res­i­dents on the beach con­tinue to pump wa­ter out “like crazy and they will not stop pump­ing for sev­eral weeks.

“Many peo­ple have lost wa­ter heaters, freez­ers and ap­pli­ances.”

York Road in Dun­das re­mained closed due a dam­aged cul­vert and em­bank­ment. The Ke­nil­worth Ac­cess that closed at the hair­pin Fri­day re­opened; but the sec­tion con­nect­ing to the Sher­man Ac­cess re­mained closed as of Sun­day.

All city sports fields are closed to avoid grass dam­age and the Wa­ter­front Trail is closed from Bayfront Park to Cootes Par­adise.

And while the rain has stopped, the city is warn­ing home­own­ers to con­tinue to take steps to pre­vent flood­ing in and around their homes.

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