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Mass Flooding in Hamilton, ON

July 26, 2009

That is supposed to be 3 lanes but, it's down to a half of a lane

So I was trying to drive from Hamilton to Burlington today and got on the Red Hill Expressway, which was a little flooded where I got on.  Then I got close to where I needed to get off and came to a complete stop.  The highway was flooded in about 3 feet of water, can’t go forward, can’t go backwards.  Eventually I was able to turn around and drive the wrong way on the highway, drive the wrong way up an on ramp and make it to Centennial Pkwy, unfortunately that was flooded and closed where I needed to go.

So I drove all the way to Fruitland Rd, and got on the QEW there, only to sit in traffic for an hour and eventually notice that the other side of the QEW was closed because of flooding and my side was extremely slow because we had to drive through some flooding (nothing compared to the 2+ feet we had to go through on the Red Hill.  People were playing football on the QEW beside us!  Which probably surprised the big rig that went through the flooding and came upon them.  Not a good idea to play football on a major highway, even if you think it’s closed for flooding!


9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2009 7:00 am

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been on any of these roads, but I can easily imagine just how lovely it must have been navigating through that water.

    I used to be a service technician for a major appliance repair company in Hamilton and, while there might not have been that much rain on the (then) new expressway, the number of times traffic was brought to a standstill from sudden downpours was enough to make me wonder why the drainage systems never get the upgrades they need.

    Oh … right … because Upper Gage needs to be completely stripped and repaved every May and October … 😛

  2. Virgil permalink
    July 27, 2009 8:54 am

    Here’s another picture from the QEW around 3pm yesterday.

    The lanes going towards Niagara were completely blocked (you can see in the distance the stopped traffic on the other side). The lanes towards Toronto were still moving, albeit down from 3 lanes to single-file. At that point the water was about 1 ft deep, but the main issue was the speed – it was flowing over the road very fast, so if anyone’s car became buoyant, they would be washed sideways into the barrier. Also worth noting… NO (zero) cops appeared, within about a 30 min. time-frame it took to get through. During that time, anyone could have gotten into serious trouble. They finally showed up on the wrong side of the road, separated from the action by the concrete crash barrier. Of course the same barrier was preventing the poor drivers from exiting across the median and turning around!

  3. Juliana permalink
    July 27, 2009 5:21 pm

    The East end of Hamilton got hit pretty hard. At the corner of Britannia and Adair the roads and sidewalk were completely covered. Cars couldn’t pass through the intersection, most that did, stalled. Some houses had roof leaks, some had basement leaks (or both), and some even had sewage backup. Even some stores at Parkdale and Queenston had leaks and backup problems.
    Our backyard was a pool and there was actually a current running from our yard to our neighbours yard. We have water damage, but not as bad as some. For us though, our bedroom is in the basement so our furniture got wet. We are still cleaning out and trying to figure out the damages.
    I would post some pictures of the street but I don’t know how.

  4. July 28, 2009 2:31 pm

    Those pictures are unbelievable!

  5. July 28, 2009 3:27 pm

    Yeah they’re pretty wild. It was quite the mad scene that day I’ll tell you.


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