Heavy rainfall closes roads, floods parts of Brantford

Parts of Brantford's north end were flooded after heavy rainfall Wednesday afternoon.

The city says all streets are open again after many were closed in the north end of the city

Brantford Fire tweeted out this photo, saying that multiple bridge underpasses throughout the city were flooded from the heavy rainfall. (Brantford Fire/Twitter)

The city of Brantford says all streets are open again after flooding from heavy rain meant some roadways in the city's north end had to be closed.  

The Brantford Fire department says multiple bridge underpasses throughout the city were flooded from the heavy rainfall Wednesday afternoon.

It was asking people to drive carefully. 
Maria Visocchi, director of communications for the city, said about 48 mm of water fell within a one hour period.

"In selected areas, 36 mm of the entire rainfall occurred in just 35 minutes, putting intense stress on the city's storm water management system," read a release from the city. 

"The system can't deal with that level of intensity because it's not expected," she said.  

It says all streets are now open and clean up has been initiated and will be completed in the coming days.

Visocchi, says the city doesn't have any numbers on residences flooded at this time. 

The city of Brantford tweeted earlier, saying it was aware of the flooding in isolated parts of the city resulting from heavy rainfall. 

"City staff are responding and several road closures are currently in place," it said. "Transit schedules have been affected as a result of detours. Updates will be provided."

Visocchi says the last weather event that was similar to today's in the north end of the city was a year ago on Aug 11. 

In February Brantford saw flooding near the Grand River as a result of an ice jam. 

"This incident has really impacted the north end of the city, which is nowhere near the river," said Visocchi.