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Waterworld: Flooded streets, sidewalks frustrate commuters

Tuesday morning's unseasonably warm weather melted a lot of snow and ice in Ottawa, turning street corners into little lakes and causing headaches for commuters.

Warm morning made for a tough commute in slushy, slippery conditions

Warm temperatures melted a lot of snow and ice in Ottawa on Tuesday morning, but it's set to freeze again when temperatures drop suddenly late Tuesday afternoon. 0:33

Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists all faced a tough commute Tuesday as a February thaw turned Ottawa's roads into rivers and street corners into lakes.

The warmth peaked at 5 C early Tuesday morning, melting snow and ice.

But it won't last long. The temperature is expected to drop to –9 C Tuesday afternoon, with the wind chill making it feel more like –16, meaning everything that's melted will freeze again.

City crews were out Tuesday clearing blocked storm drains and catch basins, and are asking residents to pitch in to help drain roads.

A car plows through a deep puddle in Ottawa on Feb. 5, 2019. (Stu Mills/CBC)
Deep puddles were common on Ottawa roads after a winter thaw on Feb. 5, 2019. (Stu Mills/CBC)

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