July 20th, 2024

‘Rare event’: 100 millimetres of rain pummels Montreal area, flooding roadways

By The Canadian Press on July 11, 2024.

Rainfall from the tail end of Hurricane Beryl pummeled southern Quebec on Wednesday, with up to 100 mm of rain in some parts of the Montreal area. A person walks along a street during heavy rain in Montreal, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – Rainfall from the tail end of Hurricane Beryl pummeled southern Quebec on Wednesday, with up to 100 millimetres of rain in some parts of the Montreal area.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says it was the wettest July 10 on record in Montreal.

Montréal-Trudeau International Airport recorded 79 mm of rain, beating a previous record of 33 mm.

Meteorologist Jean-Philippe Bégin says the Island of Montreal was hit with up to 80 mm, much of which fell within a single hour – a rare event that will be “really hard to break for the next 100 years and more.”

The heavy rainfall backed up sewers and flooded highway underpasses, residential garages and basements.

Bégin says areas around Montreal received up to 100 mm of rain during the day.

Montreal has seen wetter days, however, with Bégin explaining that on July 14, 1987, up to 150 mm of rain fell on the city in the span of a few hours.

Bégin says the centre of the storm has moved to the U.S. state of Vermont, with Atlantic Canada receiving the brunt of the rainfall.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 11, 2024.

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