Remnants of Beryl bring rainfall warning to Waterloo Region

The remnants of Hurricane Beryl are bringing heavy rain to Waterloo Region.

Beryl is now a post-tropical cyclone and the system began affecting portions of southern Ontario on Wednesday morning.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Monday, which was upgraded to a rainfall warning on Tuesday.

“Rainfall amounts will likely be highly variable across the region, and some areas may receive in excess of 60 mm,” reads the warning. “Rain will taper to scattered showers from west to east tonight through early Thursday morning.”

Rainfall is expected to be fast and furious, with rates of 20 to 40 mm per hour possible with torrential downpours. Rainfall totals may exceed 60 mm in some areas.

CityNews weather specialist Denise Andreacchi said the rain could impact drivers during their morning commute.

“We could get into some ponding and pooling on the roads rather quickly,” said Andreacchi.

Residents are asked to take precautions based on the conditions.

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) issued a Watershed Conditions Statement for the Grand River watershed because of the rainfall in the forecast.

The GRCA said their reservoirs are operating normally this year, but the rain can lead to elevated water levels and localized runoff. As a result, flooding will be possible in low-lying areas, areas with poor drainage, and urbanized areas.

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