July 17, 2019 9:57 am
Updated: July 17, 2019 2:53 pm

Heavy rainfall causing flooding issues in Northumberland County

Up to 100 mm of rain fell along the Highway 401 corridor from Bowmanville to Cobourg.


Heavy rain caused flooding problems in Northumberland County on Wednesday morning.

Environment Canada issued a heavy rainfall statement at 7 a.m. for the Cobourg-Colborne and Belleville-Quinte West areas, saying 20 to 40 millimetres of rain is possible.

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In Cobourg, several streets are facing flooding issues, and the Cobourg beach and municipal Victoria Park campground overlooking the beach are also experiencing flooding.

In Port Hope, the town closed East Beach and the Waterfront Trail at Lake Street and Hope Street South. The municipality also said heavy rainfall caused the backup of sewers in the localized area, resulting in a risk of sewage contamination on the beach and trail. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has been notified and officials will determine when it is safe to re-open the beach.

Global News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell estimates more than 100 millimetres of rain has fallen along the Highway 401 corridor from Bowmanville to Port Hope.

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Environment Canada says additional showers and thunderstorms are expected late Wednesday afternoon.

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