Flood watch, rainfall warning issued for London, Ont. ahead of wet weekend

Londoners are set to kickoff the weekend with plenty of rain.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for much of southwestern Ontario that warns of 50 mm of rain on Saturday, and up to 75 mm if thunderstorms develop.

“We see that the system is developing over the States,” said Peter Kimbell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

“In Nebraska and Oklahoma, there are lots of thunderstorm activity… it’s going to move over southwestern Ontario Saturday morning.”

But Londoners have more than just a few puddles to worry about this weekend, as a flood watch has been issued by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA).

This is the first flood watch since February of 2018, when several roads were closed as streets flooded.

Low-lying areas such as Harris Park were completely drenched underwater.

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