Engineer says DVP flooding caused by building in catchment area

Global News

TORONTO – While Mayor Rob Ford praised the city for having “weathered the storm” – the greatest single-day rainfall in Toronto history – an environmental engineer says years of inadequate planning left the city’s infrastructure overwhelmed in the deluge.

Approximately 126 mm of rain fell in Toronto during Monday’s storm, causing widespread flooding throughout the city and beating the previous record of 121 mm set during Hurricane Hazel in October 1954.

“What occurred over a few short hours last night was unprecedented. I’m extremely proud of our hard working staff who worked tirelessly through the night to restore service and ensure the safety of our residents,” Mayor Rob Ford said at a press conference on Monday. “Once again Toronto has persevered. We have weathered the storm.”

Related: Environment Canada answers the question: Where was Toronto’s severe thunderstorm warning?

But according to one environmental engineer, the flooding was worsened because of…

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