Heavy rain in Montreal: Part of the Decarie towards the north is closed due to heavy rain

Heavy rain in Montreal: Part of the Decarie towards the north is closed due to heavy rain
Heavy rain in Montreal: Part of the Decarie towards the north is closed due to heavy rain

A portion of the Decarie Expressway was closed to motorists Wednesday afternoon as heavy rain disrupted commuters in the Montreal area at the start of the afternoon rush hour.

Several roads are closed, including the northbound lane of the Décarie between Côte-St-Luc Road and Highway 40 due to “water accumulation,” according to the Quebec511 X report from the Ministry of Transportation.

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The ramp from Highway 15 south to Highway 40 east is also closed to motorists.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a rainfall warning for the Greater Montreal Area on Wednesday as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl moved through the region. More than 70 millimetres of rain are expected in southern Quebec by Thursday.

As of 4:00 p.m., ECCC has recorded 55 millimeters of rain so far, breaking the previous record of 32.5 millimeters for July 10, 1945. The bulk of the rain fell between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., when about 33 millimeters was recorded.

There are also reports of water leakage in the Jean-Talon metro station.

Another major route affected by the rain is Highway 13 north. The northbound lanes are closed between Hickmore Street and Highway 520.

Roberto Piovesan was driving a 53-foot semi-trailer on Cote-Vertu Road, eastbound near Begin Street, around 2:30 p.m. when he was forced to stop due to weather.

“The highway and the parallel road were under water,” he said.

Piovesan said Highway 40 East is completely flooded.

“If you go there with a car, you will be flooded,” he said, adding that westbound lanes will soon be flooded.

“That will be under water in 20 minutes,” he said.

He added that the access roads are also flooded and that in the 30 years he has been driving his truck, he has never seen anything like this.

He said he saw a motorcyclist riding through the water and losing control of his bike.

“He got up, but I think his engine is now under water,” he said.

Truck driver Roberto Piovesan describes the scene on the Cote-Vertu Road, where he had to stop because of water.

Flight cancellations at Montreal airport

The Department of Transportation reports that a number of roads are partially or completely closed due to the weather conditions, including Moulins Road under the Bonaventure Expressway.

Quebec provincial police say they are aware of “major obstacles” on roads in the Montreal area and are monitoring them. So far, there have been no reports of serious collisions.

The City of Montreal also said it is closely monitoring the situation and that officials are “ready to intervene if necessary.” The city reminded homeowners that it has tips on its website to protect their homes from heavy rain.

Hydro-Quebec reports that nearly 12,000 customers were without power as of 3:30 p.m. Most of the outages were in Montérégie (6,358) and Montreal (5,250).

At Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, many flights have been delayed and some have been cancelled.

Rainfall is expected to stop around 3 or 4 p.m. Thursday.

More to come.