(Updated)The clean up in Burlington continues after an unprecedented storm hit the city right around this time last night. The rain was relentless — and left a big section of the city under water and at a standstill. All day today, city crews and residents have been assessing the damage.One forecaster called it a weather “bomb” that hit Burlington last night. In the aftermath, parts of the city look for all the world like disaster zones.This was the scene throughout areas of Burlington in the wake of the record rainfall — crews tossing out mud and water-soaked possessions.Jane: “That was deepest, it was up to here.”Homeowners inspecting the damage from shoulder-high water in their basements.It was the result of more than two hours of thunderstorms that hit on Monday night — shutting down the QEW, trapping cars, and swamping neighbourhoods with rainfall estimated at 150 millimetres or more.Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring: “We had about two months of rainfall within about a three or four hour period.”Mayor Rick Goldring says the number of homes flooded could range from 500 to a thousand.Homeowners Jim and Jane Ridley: “It seemed to be coming up and coming in. And then we had it coming in from the roof as well.”Homes like Jim and Jane Ridley’s in the Fairview/Appleby area, who were trying to save their possessions as the basement water got higher and higher.Jim and Jane: “We tried to save the big things didn’t we. We need a new furnace, we need a new water heater, washer and dryer. And then on top of that, you’ve got floor drywall. I can’t even think — it’s overwhelming.”Down the street is homeowner Neil Osborne: “It started to come out of the drains on the floor and then it kind of built up from there and filled our basement.”Restoration workers are scrambling.John Markun, Winmar Property Restoration: “Right now we’re sitting at well over a hundred residences that have been impacted by the water, as well as commercial properties.”That’s just one of about 20 restoration companies.Nearby, in the New Street/Walkers Line area, homeowner Glenn Nicholson had similar problems: “Water was coming around both sides of the house. I came into the backyard, it was four foot deep. The basement was flooded and the whole backyard was a lake.”In this area, Tuck Creek overflowed its banks under the flooding onslaught — possibly because of trees knocked down by the storm blocking the creek — sending two feet of water across yards and roads and into houses.Andy Dylag, homeowner: “It was about knee deep. Cars were getting stuck here. Water was rushing through this whole portion of the bridge. It was a disaster.”And roads like Guelph Line north of Dundas needed repairs after the storm wore away the roadbed.In the wake of the disaster, the city says it’s going to be some time before there’s any firm figure on how much damage the storm left behind.There’s one small lesson that we can learn for this Burlington experience. It’s the importance of knowing where you’re valuables are. Now Jim and Jane Ridley had things in the basement that they were looking for when the floods hit. But the water was coming up so fast, they couldn’t actually locate them. And in the end, they don’t really know what they lost in the flood.For the latest now on the situation in Burlington, the city’s mayor Rick Goldring joins us and answered these questions from anchor Nick Dixon.1– Do you know tonight how many homes and businesses were impacted by the flooding? Closer to 1,000 than 500 homes. A lot of families have not dialed Halton Region at 311 yet to report damage.2– What is the city doing to help residents affected by the flooding? City wants to know about where the extreme events have been occurring like sanitary backup so that we can deploy the programs that are in place to help residents. Plus the city need to know the impact on the ground water from the flooding of peoples basements.3– You saw the number of roads that were flooded and impassable last night — what does it tell you about the state of the infrastructure in Burlington — and what can you now do about it?? I think we have to be careful not to judge the infrastructure after a one-in-200 year event. Reports will be tabled to city council in the fall to see how some of these events can be addressed for the future.4– Is there any reason for the city to be going to province at this point for any funding — or help for homeowners??? In order to get provincial help, I don’t know if the city will qualify5– Your impressions of the city’s response to the situation last night??? I was very impressed by the city services, the region of Halton and the positive spirit of neighbours helping each other out. Some people in the community have been hit more than once this year.Additional video: News Now coverage of Goldring’s midday news conference:
Scotland Yard has urged people to remain vigilant after a fifth person was stabbed in north London right under the noses of a police patrol.A man in his 30s was left in critical condition after being knifed in the back just yards from the scene of a previous incident, prompting fears the attacker could be taunting the police.It was the fifth knife attack in the area since Saturday evening, in a spree that has left three people critically ill.A man in his 30s was arrested in connection with the attacks on Tuesday morning, but police have warned people to remain on their guard in case the person responsible is still at large.Another suspect who was arrested on Sunday remained in custody last night after police were given more time to question him, while a third suspect was bailed by police.The spate of stabbings has led to widespread concern in the local community, with schools put into lockdown and children warned not to walk home alone. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The fourth victim was stabbed yesterday morning just after 5am as he was walking with a friend close to the scene of the first incident.After being stabbed in the back he was able to make his way to a police cordon, where officers were able to provide first aid and alert paramedics.The first incident took place in Aberdeen Road in Edmonton, when a 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the back.Around four hours later the same man attacked a man in nearby Park Avenue and he struck again just before 4am in the Silver Street area of Edmonton.The fourth attack took place at 9.43am on Sunday in Brettenham Road, when a man was stabbed in the back.Children at schools in Edmonton are being restricted from leaving the premises during breaks and lunchtime and are being advised to walk home in pairs or small groups. “It could happen to anyone, my friends, my family, it could happen to me. It’s really scary. We don’t even know this guy they are talking about, so it’s really scary.”The latest attack comes just a day after the Prime Minister hosted a knife crime summit at Downing Street to address mounting concern over the number of attacks.But just hours after the event a man in his 20s was stabbed to death by a group of attackers in Kentish Town, north London.Figures released under Freedom of Information laws also revealed that hospitals are treating up to 21 young knife victims a day.Almost 8,000 children and young people aged eleven to 25 years attended hospitals last year after being assaults with knives and other weapons. Police are carrying out a huge search of the area Five people have now been stabbed at random in Edmonton, north LondonCredit:Getty Images Referring to the latest Edmonton incident, Helen Millichap, borough commander for Enfield and Haringey, said: “The victims appeared to have been approached from behind, they do not appear to have been engaged in conversation, these are currently very unprovoked attacks.”The actions of the suspect, the fact the incidents are in a similar area and the descriptions given meaning we are only potentially looking for individual perpetrator.””However, until these investigations have developed further and we are in a position to speak with certainty about this, I have a duty to ask the public to remain vigilant and to please continue to report anything suspicious to us.” She added: “My message to the public here in Edmonton is that the police are here, the police are out and about.”We want the public to stay alert, I do want people to report anything suspicious to us, but I also do want them to feel as safe as they can. We are not advising people to stay indoors.” They are also being warned to stick to main roads rather than take shortcuts and not to listen to music or be distracted by their smartphones when walking. Local residents close to the scene of yesterday’s stabbing said they were scared to go about their day to day activities.Kelvin Ojo, 36, said: “It’s scary now, this is not normal. They can’t find this person, it’s just one guy. Now I’m starting thinking about moving from this area, I’m not liking it.