Thursday, June 26, 2014

Heavy rain caused havoc for parts of Toronto

Global News: A heavy downpour caused flash flooding and transportation problems for many in Toronto on Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning. A band of heavy rain moving south through the city caused between 30 and 40 millimetres of rain. A flood warning issued by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Wednesday has since been cancelled.

Motorists were told to be prepared for dangerous driving conditions and the risk of hydroplaning - especially in low-lying areas and underpasses – but Toronto Emergency Services still had their hands full. A section of the DVP was closed in both directions between Bloor St. and the Gardiner Expressway due to flooding but was reopened to traffic just before 6 a.m.

There is currently no GO Transit train service from the Old Cummer and Oriole GO stations. Trains will only service the Richmond Hill and Langstaff GO stations. The Toronto Transit Commission had earlier advised customers that trains were bypassing Lawrence subway station due to flooding.

Shuttle buses were brought in to move passengers around the affected station in the north end of the city. Toronto Hydro also reported roughly 3,500 customers in East York were without power for several hours before it was restored just before midnight....

2013 flash flooding in Toronto, shot by mark.watmough, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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