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Hamilton under rainfall warning with up to 75 mm expected, potential flooding

Canada’s weather agency is forecasting “significant” rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms in Hamilton through much of Wednesday into Thursday.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning in light of the possibility of 50 to 60 millimetres falling over the next couple of days with a chance of accumulations hitting 75 millimetres in some localities.

“This rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture laden low pressure system that will arrive from the American Mid-west,” the agency said.

The heavy downpours could precipitate flash floods and water pooling on roads.

“If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible,” Environment Canada said.

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The general outlook for the Hamilton area over the next week is rain, showers and clouds with highs between 18 and 20 C.

In a release, the city said crews will be out on streets proactively clearing catch basins and inspecting potential flood hot spots.

“The city is also reminding residents to take steps to prevent flooding in and around their homes, and be cautious around all bodies of water,” the statement said.

Residents are asked to be proactive and remove debris such as leaves or garbage near catch basins.

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