Humber rises overnight

The Humber river is breaking its banks in several places this morning after a record rainfall for the 11th January. The previous highest rainfall, 22.6 mm fell in 1960. Yesterday’s rainfall for the day was 59.0 mm which for those who still think imperially is 2.3 inches. Unusually for January all the day’s precipitation was rainfall. Because the ground was frozen and unable to absorb the water, it was drained into the Humber, causing the current high levels. Incidentally, the water was still rising at 11:30 this morning. Let’s hope none of our readers were affected negatively by this rain.

Here are a few shots taken along the Humber this morning. I couldn’t venture far into Cruickshank Park as the path was completely flooded. As always, click to enlarge the images.


The power of the current is evident from this shot just north of the Lawrence Avenue bridge.

Looking from the Raymore Park footbridge, the old footbridge abutment (centre) is completely covered – a very rare event.
The Humber showing the old bridge abutment in September 2016.
The bike path near the York Weston Tennis Club.


The bike path near the York Weston Tennis Club.
Looking downriver from the tennis courts.
Alongside the tennis courts, the water has come quite close.


The bike path south of the Lawrence Avenue bridge.


North of the Lawrence Avenue Bridge, looking towards Cruickshank Park.


No access to Cruickshank Park from the southern end.


A closer view of the southern entrance to Cruickshank Park.

Update: Hans Havermann sent a link to his blog showing the high water in Raymore Park.

3 thoughts on “Humber rises overnight”

  1. In the cold weather seasons, this kind of event usually includes huge iceberg chunks of ice that really batter the Humber River valley. Always impressive.

  2. Just got back from a walk and went through Cruickshank..

    And, it’s quite evident that at the south side of the oval (path) the river overflowed all the way to the outdoor gym and then toward the base of the hill – easily seen behind the car dealership’s back yard. Then continued south toward that large drainage ditch – which is on an incline.

    But, it got up there!

    Funny, how all the debris and silt is arranged so nicely & neatly as though sculpted by an artistic landscaper. (Funny, until it makes it’s way through your home, I guess.)

    Anyway, powerful stuff.

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