Rain, wind and flooding

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Photo: Maurice V.

When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it floods. Especially on Montreal highways that is.

This past Wednesday, rush hour commuters faced a wall of intense line of thunderstorms that brought rain and golf-ball seize hair to the region.

As the system moved from west to east, visibility was reduced to near zero in certain areas.

Then came the rain and hail at around four o’clock. It was not long before large puddles former on the side of highways. Then they started to spill into traffic lanes.

Sewers were essentially gasping for air as the system tried to drain the volume of water.

Then, it was too late. The Ville Marie expressway turned into Lake Ville Marie, The Dorval tunnel was a pond causing kilometers of traffic backlog, and exits and entrances on the Met and Laurentian Autoroute south were quickly closed.

In town, Sherbrooke street in Westmount and reas around the Atwater Market were doused in at least six-inches of water.

This seems to happen every year. The first major flooding was on the Decarie expressway in 1987. History says that the water rose several feet high. Cars were abandoned left to flat down the Decarie trench.

In the last decade, the L’Acadie circle has flooded, again. So has the Decarie and the Atwater tunnel.

Flash floods have and continue to prove to be a challenge when evacuating all the water, especially in slopes on the highways.

And based on the chaos, drivers do not really expect the highways to fill up so quickly.

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