Heavy downpours flood several Orillia streets
Flood waters fill Laclie Street in Orillia, Ont. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (Ashley Russell/ Facebook)
Flood waters are beginning to recede, but a number of roads remain closed in Orillia.
Reports of flooded streets started coming late Wednesday afternoon after heavy rains hit the Sunshine City. A volunteer weather observer for Environment Canada reports 42 millimetres of rain fell in just about an hour.
The city says Queen Street is closed between West and Front Street. James Street is also closed between Memorial Avenue and West. High water levels are also reported on Andrew Street and King Street.
Oriillia’s director of environmental services is surveying the city and says the rain has stopped and water levels are receding. The listed closures will reopen once water levels lower.
At the same time, Orillia fire is investigating a ceiling collapse at a care facility on Johnson Street. No injuries are reported.
Roofers were working on the building and had just installed plywood when it started raining. The rain went through the plywood, into the insulation and caused the ceiling to collapse.
The people who live in the building have a place to stay.