UPDATE: From freezing to flooding (and back again)

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A car splashes some water from a massive puddle.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The great freeze that ushered in 2014 has turned into the great flood.

A deluge of rain and freezing rain overnight Sunday turned Monday into a water-logged commute for many, as several city intersections, streets and even backyards have been turned into veritable swimming pools.

Bill de Wit, the city's manager of infrastructure services, said municipal crews are trying to free ice-covered catch basins to allow flood waters into the drainage system.

"We have dozens and dozens of areas where we're trying to get rid of the water," he said. "The major concern is with the freeze-up tonight."

Indeed.

Environment Canada has issued a flash freeze warning, as the mercury is expected to plunge again. Monday night will resemble the downright frigid temperatures of last week, as cold brisk winds are expected to produce widespread dangerous wind chills of minus 30 to minus 35 beginning late today. Wind chills can reach minus 35 to minus 40 overnight tonight and Tuesday morning.

Motorists are urged to slow down when approaching massive puddles that have collected in and around Cornwall. Tonight drivers should take care as well, because many streets will become skating rinks.

De Wit said clearing ice-covered sidewalks in the city continues to be a problem, because of the treacherous conditions.

All Cornwall school buses were cancelled in Cornwall and area Monday.

Organizations: Cornwall school

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ontario

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