When a thunderstorm stalled over Peterborough and turned streets into rivers

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When a thunderstorm stalled over Peterborough and turned streets into rivers
When a thunderstorm stalled over Peterborough and turned streets into rivers

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On Thursday, July 15, 2004, the City of Peterborough, Ontario, woke up to widespread flooding. Overnight, the city received over 190 mm of rain, overwhelming the city's drainage system.

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The extreme rain was due to a storm system that hovered over the area longer than usual. Usually, a storm like this would produce between 50 to 60 mm of rain.

Peterborough, Ontario Courtesy TWN
Peterborough, Ontario Courtesy TWN

Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN

At 7:20 a.m, Peterborough declared a state of emergency. Roads, homes, and buildings across the city were flooded. Toronto sent pumper trucks to assist residents to remove water from their basements.

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The downtown area was also flooded. Potted plants along King Street were seen floating down the road. The Grassroots Café patio completely floated away.

*Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN
*Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN

Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN

North parts of the city were flooded too. Marina Boulevard looked like a river. Water rushed down the road until it fed into a nearby creek.

*Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN
*Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN

Peterborough, Ontario. Courtesy of TWN

Since the flood, the city has replaced its pipes and has invested in flood-reduction projects.

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