Severe flooding on Oxford Street prompts partial closure

City officials have opted to close part of Oxford Street West after heavy rainfall caused significant flooding.

A rainfall warning issued on Tuesday for most of the southern province along with a gale wind warning has started to cause problems ranging from power outages, fallen debris and road closures in many areas.

Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, the City of London announced Oxford Street West between Beaverbrook Avenue and Proudfoot Lane is closed until further notice due to road flooding.

A Video shared by London subreddit user/Drag0n_no shows a London Transit bus driver trying to navigate Oxford Street prior to the closure. In the footage, water can be seen rushing inside the bus.

Elsewhere, a large tree fell on some power lines in the area of Quebec Street and Queens Avenue causing a fairly large outage within the Old East Village and parts of downtown just after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

London Hydro told that around 1,900 customers were impacted. As of 10 p.m., most customers had regained electricity.

A cold front bringing in a low-pressure system full of rain and strong winds has led to road closures outside of London as well. Middlesex County declared a state of emergency late Wednesday after many roads were reported to be underwater.

According to Environment Canada, the majority of precipitation associated with the rainfall warning is expected to fall overnight Wednesday. Upwards of 100 millimetres of rain could soak the area by Thursday.

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