FOX 411 On Your Side: Large parts of Ontario underwater, wildfires are also impacting Alberta

What caused a massive flood in Canada? Torrential rains and severe flooding across Ontario. Governor General David Johnston made an official statement warning residents and assessing the damage.

Following extreme rainfall in large portions of Ontario, there has been flooding in certain regions. This includes flooding in areas of London, London and area, Hemlock, Hamilton, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Oakville, Espanola, Gravenhurst, Collingwood, Silver Springs, Woodstock, Oshawa, Kawartha Lakes, Welland, Collingwood, Erie St. Clair, and Renfrew.

More severe flooding is occurring in other areas of Ontario such as Sudbury and Barrie. Local reports, by the Ontario Provincial Police, have indicated that bridges are being submerged in water and sustained significant damage. Bridges, railway tracks, and public roadways are reported to be affected by flooding and erosion. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, the MCPAWA has closed two highways in Barrie: Hwy. 3 from Timiskaming to Hudson Bay, and Hwy. 400 from Bayville to Pelham.

Similar flooding is happening in Sault Ste. Marie, Brantford, and Sarnia. Some municipalities have reported that water levels are rising and some bridges are underwater.

In one flooded city, 318 trees were uprooted by high winds.

The Gazette of London, Ontario has published information on the locations of elementary schools closed due to flooding. According to the Windsor Star, the results from a test on the water supply in London this week found that the water was at a safe level. Following the higher-than-normal water levels that followed the rain and flooding, about 38,000 water accounts in five municipalities were temporarily impacted.

Ontario Provincial Police is reporting that the TSX, which includes the CN, TransCanada, and Enbridge rail lines, is suspended in portions of the River Road corridor from Tilbury to Hemlock. The National Weather Service is now recommending that travel be avoided in the region due to severe flooding. Many neighbourhoods that are in the path of flooding are being evacuated.

According to the Canadian Press, the state of emergency declared by Ontario Premier Doug Ford covers the five regions in the National Capital Region. These areas include Lanark and Leeds-Grenville, Thames Valley, Chatham-Kent, Essex, and Greater Sudbury, where the flooding is heaviest. Ford warned residents not to travel due to dangerous flood waters.

Hamilton Police has said that large amounts of water that came over barriers and filled banks has destroyed roads in several communities. The Oakville Mayor has advised residents to avoid the area and ensure all property and vehicles are secured.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that all school boards have closed school for the day. More than 16 schools are closed in the regional areas. All post-secondary institutions have issued directives to ensure buildings are protected by those located on campus.

The public does not need to immediately evacuate but should remain aware of rapidly rising water levels. Authorities ask that people report incidents of flooding to local agencies immediately.

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