May 29, 2013

By Scott Walker

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A major commuter artery was closed through the morning commute in Toronto.

Flooding forced police to close the Don Valley Parkway in both directions south of Bloor.

Heavy rains overnight caused the Don River to overflow its banks and flood the DVP and Bayview Avenue.

City Manager of Road Operations Rob Burlie says once the flood waters  receded, crews had to clean the river debris and sediment from the road surface, and check for structural damage.

Officials originally said the Parkway would be closed until later this afternoon. But  they revised that to say they were expecting the southbound lanes to open around 9:30 this morning. The northbound lanes will be closed for several hours.

Burlie says flooding on the  DVP is not unusual. But he says today’s water levels were higher than he has ever seen.

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