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Massive rain storm hits Toronto causing flooding and power outages

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 8, 2013

Rain storm toronto july 2013Toronto is in the midst of getting hit by a massive rain storm, with totals reaching as high as 75mm of precipitation (some reports have as much as 90mm fallen at Pearson Airport). A procession of powerful thunderstorms is currently working its way through the GTA, causing localized flooding, power outages, and frowns all round.

Right now, the TTC says the subway system holding in key areas due to a series of signal and flooding issues. There are pockets which remain in use on the YUS line and the Bloor-Danforth line is running between Jane and Kennedy, but much of the system is shut down. There are also widespread reports of flooding at Union Station.

Streetcar service may be affected due to surface flooding but there are no reports of any issues with power. There are also reports of flooding on the DVP, 401, and several other major roads, including Lake Shore and Esplanade.

Widespread power outages have been reported in Toronto, while reports indicate that 70 per cent of Mississauga is without power. Both Square One and and Sherway malls have been evacuated due to flooding.

Pictures began to surface almost immediately of cars stranded in flooded underpasses, burst storm drains spewing geysers, and general soaking misery for thousands of rush-hour commuters. Here are some preliminary photos of the storm, with more to come shortly.

Add your photos of the storm to Instagram with the hashtag #drenchedTO.

UPDATE: 19:36

TTC: Yonge-University-Spadina line is closed Davisville to St. Clair West, Osgoode to Bloor, Lawrence to Finch, Bloor-Danforth is down from Ossington to Kipling, and there's no service on the Sheppard line.

ROADS: Disaster, frankly. Too many local floods to count. DVP is closed south of the Bloor/Bayview exit and cops are turning cars around, Allen Road is closed at Eglinton, Lake Shore is a mess, Bayview is closed south of Pottery Road, King is reportedly bad around Atlantic Ave., and a large portion of Highway 427 is a lake.

HYDRO: Current estimates are 300,000 without power in the GTA.

WEATHER: Rain is easing right now but more is in the forecast. Here are some current rainfall levels: 92 mms at Pearson, 90mm downtown, 107 mm reported in places. The one-day record is 121 mm at Pearson and the CBC says that could go with this next wave.

UPDATE: 19:55

Reports now of a trapped GO train south of Pottery Road on the Richmond Hill line. Pictures show water rising through the train. Pictures below.

Toronto Police, not surprisingly, are advising people avoid traveling and warn to steer clear of rivers and streams. Waters are extremely unpredictable.

UPDATE: 20:15

Rob Ford on CBC Radio: "We have to batten down the hatches and do the best we can." Says call 311 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. "I don't want to say this is scary but it's getting very uncomfortable right now," he added after seeing some flood damage. "It's a major concern."

"Stay at home and take care of people who might be vulnerable"

UPDATE: 20:20

Pictures now emerging of commuters swimming away from GO train trapped in the Don Valley. Marine unit responding.

More rain on the radar - weather reports say it won't be as heavy, possibly another 10-20 mms. Should be here in around 30 to 40 minutes.

toronto flood radar

UPDATE: 20:33

TTC: No service on Yonge-University-Spadina from Downsview to St Clair West, Osgoode to Bloor, Lawrence to Finch. Bloor-Danforth down Ossington to Kipling, Sheppard Line still shut. Shuttle buses on routes. TTC's Brad Ross: "It will be slow."

GO TRANSIT: Reports of trains trapped in several locations. Staff say avoid the service until further notice.

AIRPORTS: Porter has cancelled all flights out of Billy Bishop this evening. Some cancellations at Pearson though getting there will be one of the biggest issues for travelers.

ROADS: Avoid, avoid, avoid. DVP closed south of York Mills, floods on Highway 427, 401, and Allen Road. Still lots of local floods, too. Traffic lights are out at numerous intersections across the city - treat these intersections as a four-way stop.

POWER: Toronto Hydro says around 300,000 still without power. Crews assessing damage.

UPDATE: 20:56

FORD: 30 minutes ago the Toronto Sun's Don Peat reported the mayor was in his SUV with the AC running. Power is out at his Etobicoke home.

UPDATE: 21:00

TTC: Service is back on the Bloor-Danforth line west to Jane. Problems on the Yonge-University-Spadina and Sheppard lines still as reported earlier. 501 Queen streetcar is turning back at the Humber loop due to flooding at Parklawn. 504 King is out between Roncesvalles and Shaw due to flooding. 65 shuttle buses in service right now.

ELSEWHERE: Drake Hotel's Calgary Flood benefit is cancelled due to flooding, says @SallySalmon on Twitter.

UPDATE: 21:10

ELSEWHERE: Doug Ford is directing traffic at Dixon and Islington, reports CBC's Steven D'Souza on Twitter. Picture below.

UPDATE: 21:14

WEATHER: It's still raining steadily in the GTA - no sign yet of any issues related to the predicted next wave of storms. Here's the latest radar image. In short, more rain to come.

toronto radar

UPDATE: 21:25

GO TRANSIT: The Toronto Police Marine Unit is helping evacuate passengers off that stranded GO train near Pottery Road. Here's what their website has to say:

"Lakeshore West Passengers: A portion of the track west of Long Branch is completely under water, making us unable to operate trains along the Lakeshore West line. We are investigating alternatives and an update will be provided as information becomes available."

"As our trains run from west to east, Lakeshore East Passengers will experience delays and possible cancellations this evening. Updates will be provide as they become available."

"Weather conditions and the resulting traffic delays are affecting our GO Buses this afternoon. GO Buses are experiencing delays of up to 60 minutes."

toronto flood GO

UPDATE: 21:50

TTC: CEO Andy Byford speaking on CP24 says the TTC will "do its damnedest to get everyone to work tomorrow." Signals and other electrics need to be inspected before subway service can resume. Looks like the commute could be rough in the morning.

GO TRANSIT: Marine Unit still helping EMS workers evacuate passengers in the Don Valley. No reports of any injuries though there's plenty of frustration. The train has been stuck for more than four hours.

WEATHER: Severe thunderstorm watch for the GTA has now ended. Rain still in the forecast.

UPDATE: 22:06

POWER: The lights are starting to come back on in Mississauga and Vaughan. Hooray!

UPDATE: 22:19

GO TRANSIT: Despite CP24's best efforts to amp up the drama (they have seriously likened the train to the Titanic) most of the people being ferried off the stranded cars by dinghy are in good spirits. There were reports earlier that a water snake was seen on the train but that appears to be the height of the action.

UPDATE: 22:28

WEATHER: Things seem to be settling down so now seems to be a good time to take stock of some rainfall numbers as of 10:30:

  • PEARSON: 123 mms
  • CITY: 91 mms
  • ISLAND: 84 mms
  • OSHAWA: 4 mms

Some perspective: During Hurricane Hazel, Toronto's Pearson Airport (or Malton as it was then) experienced 107 mms in the first 12 hours (it would eventually see 137 mms, according to Environment Canada).

Wettest. Day. Ever. Let's see what tomorrow brings...

Lead photo by Ann Darby (deftonia11)



Dave from Etobicoke / July 8, 2013 at 07:22 pm
Climate change is a lie.
Vicki Ziegler / July 8, 2013 at 07:24 pm
Everything is fine.
TheTruthIsOutThere / July 8, 2013 at 07:29 pm
Uhhh, I live in Toronto and it is NOT raining! Wtf is going on here blog "TO" !?!
Brian replying to a comment from TheTruthIsOutThere / July 8, 2013 at 07:34 pm
haha in which Toronto do you live in? Yeah. it's not raining. We photoshopped these images.
McRib / July 8, 2013 at 07:49 pm
that was one of the heaviest rainfalls I've ever seen in Toronto. just got my power back!
Stan Smith / July 8, 2013 at 07:49 pm
In Parkdale, power stayed on the whole time.
Friends a couple of streets over on shaw street have no power.
Brad / July 8, 2013 at 07:59 pm
The title image looks like a still from a Christopher Nolan Batman film.
Remote44 / July 8, 2013 at 08:02 pm
I have an indoor pool! YAY!
Sloane replying to a comment from TheTruthIsOutThere / July 8, 2013 at 08:04 pm
It's a left-wing conspiracy!!!
greg replying to a comment from Stan Smith / July 8, 2013 at 08:07 pm
Wrong! Power WAS out in Parkdale.
Anonymous replying to a comment from TheTruthIsOutThere / July 8, 2013 at 08:12 pm
seriously? not raining in Toronto? get off the drugs...
mark magder / July 8, 2013 at 08:14 pm
the apes will once again rule over the earth
Stan Smith replying to a comment from greg / July 8, 2013 at 08:16 pm
Well i had my power on the whole time.
Maybe i was lucky!
Steve replying to a comment from TheTruthIsOutThere / July 8, 2013 at 08:16 pm
Obviously your head is in the ground.
Jeff PS / July 8, 2013 at 08:16 pm
Holy crap.
Hobo Hipster / July 8, 2013 at 08:26 pm
I'm drinking and urinating all over Bellwoods Park right now. Cops don't bother me tonight. I'll be sure to instagram it later.
CW / July 8, 2013 at 08:41 pm
Did a tidal wave hit those cars at king/dufferin or did they drive into that. Either way its going to be an awkward insurance call.
floodto2 / July 8, 2013 at 08:49 pm
Spotted at the Don Valley Parkway - completely submerged!!!
sarah / July 8, 2013 at 08:52 pm
I hope Rob Ford's stash didn't get wet! he's gonna need a hit o' the pipe to deal with this.
Prolo replying to a comment from TheTruthIsOutThere / July 8, 2013 at 08:53 pm
Yep no rain here in Scarborough. Just no power.
HHog / July 8, 2013 at 08:57 pm
I sold a bicycle in this downpour, and the poor girl that bought it actually rode away! Hope she made it! I was only outside for 2 minutes with an umbrella and I had to change my clothes, including my undies. Harbord Village didn't get anything compared to these photos, though, dang.
N Lo / July 8, 2013 at 09:01 pm
I can honestly say, that I have lived in Etobicoke most of my life and the downtown only recently and I have never seen anything like this. I have a friend mocking us over this rain comparing it to the monsoons he gets in his country of origin. I just couldn't believe my eyes :O
NC / July 8, 2013 at 09:01 pm
Anything else ... anything else ...
Ash replying to a comment from TheTruthIsOutThere / July 8, 2013 at 09:08 pm
Well I wanna live in your Toronto, we're drowning over here in mine!!
Allan Roy / July 8, 2013 at 09:10 pm
Mississauga is sinking Man and I don't wanna swim...
Stan Smith / July 8, 2013 at 09:18 pm
Meanwhile almost the whole subway system is shut down.
However, Streetcars are running normally...
airgem1 / July 8, 2013 at 09:19 pm
I live on Hamilton Mountain...we got a light 20 minute shower...ground is barely wet....unbelievable damage in Mississauga/
Adam H. / July 8, 2013 at 09:21 pm
The Bathurst line hasn't moved a streetcar in over an hour. No word from the TTC that I've seen on that.
Nevets / July 8, 2013 at 09:30 pm
Just ordered food to my condo in Mississauga . Cracked open a drink and started to play dexter . 30 seconds not even into the show the power goes. Been stuck here in the dark since . God bless us all
Peter Sylvester / July 8, 2013 at 09:39 pm
My brother and I were tubing on Bathurst and he flipped me.
greg replying to a comment from Stan Smith / July 8, 2013 at 09:41 pm
Perhaps. Stay dry my friend!
SMITA / July 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm
Just wish everybody is safe !!
Michael / July 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm
Toronto needs to seriously think about our infrastructure for the future. Climate change is happening and we need to figure out how to survive it as a city. Also, why isn't there better drainage. Tokyo could be a good example for us of exceptional underground drainage avoiding so much flooding? Oh, Rob Ford must be thanking his lucky stars he can bank on hundreds of photo ops...this time without a pipe in hand.
Martin replying to a comment from greg / July 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm
In Parkdale also, never lost power. Parts of the hood lucked out.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Stan Smith / July 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm
My power never went off, too (I live in the St. Lawrence area at Jarvis and Esplanade). What the frack has just happened? I think that some governments could go down because of storms like this.
RichTeaMedia360 / July 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm
I wish I didn't sell my canoe on craigslist
Laurie Weir / July 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm
Some reports today claimed that Square One Shopping Centre closed due to flooding. In fact, the shopping centre closed due to power outage and only minor, localized flooding was reported in the mall. There is no damage, and we anticipate the mall to be fully operational tomorrow - Tuesday, July 9. For any media inquiries, please contact Laurie Weir, Veritas Communications, 416-666-1895.
Vanz Maffat / July 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm
Karma. Calgary, Toronto, hillbilly redneck/briefcase suburban hate filled shallow whiny selfish white supremacists. Karma.
redfox / July 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm
Calgary, Alberta just went through all this 2 weeks ago. we survived, just stick together and help others.
guyDT / July 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm
Couldn't image what to do if I was stuck in my car on the road and then the water comes up. Cannot go reverse on the DVP when hundreds of cars are also stuck behind. Learned many years ago, don't drive through water... you cannot see if the road is still intact or washed out as the water will be level.
David Gay / July 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm
A perfect example of why we need to put more money into our infrastructure programs to ensure they can cope in extreme weather like this. Do we really need another stadium or art gallery or yet another sports team when the electrical, sewage, and traffic infrastructure is practically screaming for bolstering and upgrades to carry us further into the 21st Century?
d.d / July 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm
I just came home from Toronto. The rain and the flooding is very real. It took a long Time for me to get home.
Harry / July 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm
What caused the GO Trains to stall out . . . failed signals or did the locomotives stall (the have electric motors on the driving axles . . . possibility of a short circuit if they get flooded)
gluadys replying to a comment from Stan Smith / July 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm
Power was out in Parkdale in King/Queen/Dufferin area for about two hours. Went off about 6 and came on again about 8.
Steven / July 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm
Year after year it's the same wet summer drama in TO -- I have lived here over 10-yrs and at Union Stn they still use the water sucky vaccum things, etc., the city never seems to learn from the past -- the same pockets of roads slammed with water time and-time-again. I blame the TTC for not doing enough in the past decade to fix the basic infrastructure (despite significantly increasing fares) and city leaders for not fixing these RECURRING problems!!!
Dave Ellis replying to a comment from Stan Smith / July 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm
Yes, because getting hit by a freak event rain storm is obviously reason to completely revamp the entire city transit plan.

Oh yeah, and on that note most of the streetcar lines are not operating either.... however pretty well every bus route is.
bakula / July 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm
Was there any warning of this? I don't recall
keff / July 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm
Power stayed on in the beaches. Good thing or else I would've missed the Haiti v Honduras soccer game LOL
Ann / July 8, 2013 at 11:01 pm
Thanks for using my photo for the lead shot BlogTO. It was taken from the 19th floor of my office building at Yonge and St. Clair just after 5:00. It was such an intense storm and hope that everyone is safe.
Jeremy / July 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm
I like how the Calgary flood benefit is cancelled due to flooding
joseph / July 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm
I was one of those three people in the water under the brindge over near joe shoster way I still cannot believe this happened whoever got the phot of me and the other 2 guys id like to thank you I was surprised to see this
Luan Ngo / July 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm
Have a look at what the flood has done to the TTC vehicles
Troll E Trollerton replying to a comment from redfox / July 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm
There was a flood in Calgary? News to me!
Troll E Trollerton replying to a comment from Harry / July 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm
They ran out of gas I heard
george replying to a comment from floodto2 / July 8, 2013 at 11:25 pm
good one. Canadiana at it's best!
m small / July 8, 2013 at 11:25 pm
Just praying that all goes well.No lives lost and that the rain will cease,and when the clean up begins and the Insurance Bill of course will follow.
Paul replying to a comment from Michael / July 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm
This is exactly what happens when you reach the tipping point in a city of more concrete than soil. Concrete jungles replace houses with grassy yards and we find ourselves inundated with excess surface water... Not rocket science. Feel bad for those who live in low lying areas as this has not been very common in Toronto. Perhaps these individuals would be smart to fix their homes and move to higher ground... This will not be the final instance of flooding in the city.
george replying to a comment from floodto2 / July 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm
I just biked the Don River trail... crazy.

Isn't that newly opened West Don Park supposed to prevent this type of flooding??
Suzy replying to a comment from Stan Smith / July 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm
Streetcars running fine? What Toronto do you live in? They were shut down on King St and Queen St because of all the flooding. They couldn't get through all the cars that sank!
jd / July 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm
And where exactly is our mayor when we need leadership?...

@reporterdonpeat: Just spoke to Mayor Rob Ford, power is still out at his house. He's in the SUV with his kids trying to stay cool #TOpoli #stormTO
George replying to a comment from Anonymous / July 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm
Toronto is a big city, your going to get rain in some parts and not in others.... happens in Winnipeg all the time and we're only 700,000+ population.
Lisa / July 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm
How is union station, I am to take a friend to train station tomorrow to go from To to Windsor
sam replying to a comment from TheTruthIsOutThere / July 8, 2013 at 11:56 pm
Ya, sure you live in Toronto. Perhaps in another parallel universe. It would physically not be possible to have lived in Toronto today and not notice the deluge of rain for two hours.
The truth is out there, but you seem unaware of it.
sam replying to a comment from Paul / July 8, 2013 at 11:57 pm
Piffle. Floods happen in towns of 50 people. Obviously your grasp of the concept of too much water falling in a short period is weak.
sam replying to a comment from Vanz Maffat / July 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm
Haters have the most bad Karma of all.
L. Nadeau / July 9, 2013 at 12:01 am
Does nayone know is there is power at Weston and Finch. Can't contact my parents, worried. I am in Brantford.
Moaz Ahmad / July 9, 2013 at 12:08 am
Just unbelievable
Mice / July 9, 2013 at 12:09 am
Powers back up here near Woodbine Racetrack.

Took me 3 hours to get from Kipling Stn to Humber College.
Its usually a 15 minute trip.
jer / July 9, 2013 at 12:14 am
I feel like there needs to be a better system to get word out during these types of emergencies. I was stuck in Toronto and trying to figure out how to head west but the news/websites/twitter/etc were not mentioning what the best routes were. I had no idea where I might hit flooding. I ended up going along Dundas and then down Islington... Ton of lights out, what a mess. People sure don't know how to deal with traffic lights being out either. I feel like the media should maybe remind people what that "it acts like a 4 way stop" means... Saw so many idiots going 3 and 4 at a time at the intersection.

Saw very little police presence. I didn't see any directing traffic at all. I am not sure why there were hundreds of officers up at the Go Train rescue. It didn't seem to speed things up with them all being there.
Mcshelf replying to a comment from Steven / July 9, 2013 at 12:20 am
Right, because the TTC could afford all that with their funding cut, year after year. Not to mention the total lack of support that they get from the Federal and Provincial governments. Dude, they are one of the most underfunded transit systems in North America.
iSkyscraper / July 9, 2013 at 12:47 am
Holy crap, Toronto. Sorry to see this happen to you. Hang in there.

Having been through some severe weather crises here in New York, I can say that it helps when your mayor is a strong leader and not a dimwitted child. Good luck with that.

How did that new park do at the mouth of the Don? Did the berm protect the Portlands from the flooding? And what is Lake Ontario going to look like after this? Wow.

Again, just, wow.
Leo replying to a comment from Lisa / July 9, 2013 at 12:48 am
Have you seen Titanic?
Pete / July 9, 2013 at 01:46 am
PORT DOVER on Lake Erie...
Not a single blessed drop of rain... yet.
Damien / July 9, 2013 at 04:18 am
Yep. Like Titanic!
alfreda / July 9, 2013 at 05:00 am
Just praying that the whole of Toronto people will be safe. God is in control. not man
Dad / July 9, 2013 at 05:12 am
Prepare for Ice Age this winter!
Nope replying to a comment from Steve / July 9, 2013 at 06:38 am
Or shall we say their head is obviously "Under water"
kalan brinston / July 9, 2013 at 07:13 am
from the first page I see the cn tower
Steven / July 9, 2013 at 07:19 am
Best pictures of the storm!

This is when blogTO shines!
McRib replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / July 9, 2013 at 07:39 am
while it certainly got wet, it was nowhere near on par with what happened in either NYC last year, or Calgary the other week. Flooding was mainly in underpasses, underground stations/tunnels, near rivers. And everyones basement. The most dramatic thing seemed to be the GO train that nearly floated away, thankfully everyone got out of there safely.

We're all good in Toronto, and as far as I know the new West Donlands park did its job, i just cycled through the heart of the financial district and its dry as a bone!

steve / July 9, 2013 at 07:44 am
I heard that Kathleen Wynne ordered the clouds seeded with silver iodine. Anything to get the kiddie porn scandal off the front page. I hear there's a video of the conversation. We should start a kick starter
McRib / July 9, 2013 at 07:46 am
just checking some news sites now and it seems some areas of the city are still under water, wow. I both live and work downtown and the flooding here was very minimal. It seems not so in some of the more suburban areas!

I'm also the only person in the office so far, fucking slackers.
GA / July 9, 2013 at 08:00 am
I still don't have power (going on 15 hours now). Live in Bloorwest Village. We almost had a flooded basement but had to bail water from the catchbasin on our driveway to avoid that.

For all you trolls saying "get a life...there is no problem", shut up and go and go help someone who might need it. Maybe there is a senior citizen in your hood with issues or a mom trying to care for her new infant.

Thanks for all the great work Toronto Police, Fire, EMS and many many others.
Yolanda Cruz / July 9, 2013 at 08:57 am
And we thought and wished that Toronto will be spared . No way, when Mother Nature decides to just pour it just pours to its heart content.
mike replying to a comment from SMITA / July 9, 2013 at 09:16 am
Last evening commute was brutal - took commuters almost 5 hours to drive home - with all the flooding and traffic being diverted off other side streets.
Ross W / July 9, 2013 at 09:49 am
Not much can be done for our infrastructure when so much rain hits in such a short time.
Toronto has been building "flood holding ponds" throughout the city where normally small creeks rise to rivers in storms like this.Some have baseball fields in them with warning signs to avoid if there is any chance of an oncoming storm.
One at Warden south of Sheppard E. is not near any creek,but when storm sewers get overloaded,there is a concrete outlet that allows the field to become flooded.When the sewers return to normal flow,the field drains out,then the area can be used as a field again.
As for as the Don Valley and the Humber Valley,the grounds nearby are a natural flood plane,so until more water can be held back upstream,and less storm sewer water finds it's way to the rivers so fast,this flooding on the DVP will keep occurring.
c.porter replying to a comment from Michael / July 9, 2013 at 11:09 am
So true ...I lived there for 20 yrs and still have lots of family there and have never seen or heard of a flood like this there....where has all the money gone????....MAYBE THE PEOPLE OF Toronto and Mississauga should take note!!!!
NativeTorontonianAl replying to a comment from David Gay / July 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm
We know what you're saying, but facilities and art galleries are what comes with a city, especially if it's a more developed city or aiming to be. It's a given. But what you must include in your list, is that what's really not needed these days and is in the way, is mass immigration. Enough of this! More people mean more affected, more people mean more sprawl - which also removes natural defences such as farmland, forests for absorption. With this sprawl also means more sewage lines and the drainage run-off from the sprawl of 905 cities/region, which means flowing south toward Toronto (entire former metro area) and Toronto having to deal with their water since it all flows southbound. We have already been traditionally challenged with water from the suburbs of former Metro Toronto, and they themselves battling their own drainage issues within their neighbourhoods.

Really, we are developed but the nature of Toronto, and most Canadian places, are not naturally made to handle past a certain amount of people. This is the nature factor, you still have to factor in the political corruption factor where funds are not used properly for infrastructure growth, that issue. But if the govt wants more mass immigration (continuing non-stop from the mid-80s), then they must build with what comes with it, and other elements such as jobs, etc. But what do you expect when it's really the corporations, banks, auto and gas industries that run and dictate this country?!
Harry / July 9, 2013 at 04:17 pm
Many decades ago, Indian Railways learned to deal with running electric trains along flooded railway track . . . . they installed flood-proof electric motors on the driving axles. High probability that water in the electric motors of the locomotive axles caused some trains to stall out.
Spadina / July 9, 2013 at 05:06 pm
Traffic lights at Queen and Spadina were down this morning, with cars and pedestrians having to direct themselves. I'm still at work, so not sure if it has been resolved yet, but I hope it has.
Ying / July 9, 2013 at 05:27 pm
SUCK IT UP you little babies. This happens all the time in poor countries and you don't give a damn. Now you know what hardship is about (and it's not when the local hipster joint runs out of pulled-pork sandwiches)
Mississauga / July 9, 2013 at 06:09 pm
These pictures are crazy!!! I've never seen anything like it. So glad the power came back on in Mississauga!!!
Spadina replying to a comment from Spadina / July 9, 2013 at 07:50 pm
Still down.
beacher / July 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm
Toronto needs a good cleaning:) Don't forget to call in the army!
jungle sleeve replying to a comment from Dave from Etobicoke / July 10, 2013 at 12:03 am
I think no body argues it, ok its fine, climate change is nothing, but the change is really taking place either its climate or environment its all up to us.
Peeved replying to a comment from Ying / July 10, 2013 at 01:31 am
WOW.. haven't seen this much entrenched hatred and anger since I lived in Vancouver. Lighten up, man. A lot of people went through a great deal of difficulty and even hardship yesterday so take your anger and sit on it.
Peeved replying to a comment from beacher / July 10, 2013 at 01:34 am
Slow news day wherever you live? Find yourself trolling Toronto news on a daily basis so that you can snipe and bitch? Yes sir, you have what is known as "Envy" LOL!
Adam K / July 11, 2013 at 06:24 pm
LOL @ everyone chalking this up to global warming.
This amount of rain is manageable just about anywhere.
Toronto's aquaduct infrastructure was the cause of this flood.

David Gay replying to a comment from NativeTorontonianAl / July 15, 2013 at 10:58 am
I'm glad you brought up the point of immigration. It makes no sense to bring in more people if the economy and social infrastructure cannot support them. The fact our electrical grid for example tends to get overloaded more often because of air conditioners and pedestal fans running overtime in a heat-wave is proof of that. This also includes employment. Why bring people here with false promises of opportunity only to have for example an excellent doctor coming from Iraq only to work as a taxi driver or at a 7-Eleven? What a waste of credentials, but then again, this is the government lacking common sense.
Bobby Hamon / July 15, 2013 at 11:27 am
Thank you PEEVED, my feelings as well. Hello all you happy bunnies. Pickin' on the Red Rockets and all the good city employees workin' in the Jolly Green Giants urinal. (That's the new city hall - its name when first built.)

Furthermore TO's troubles started when the city expanded west beyond King St., east beyond Queen St. and north of Hog's Hollow. Hurricane Hazel would put things in perspective.

If you don't like TO and the rest of this great country then bugger off to somewhere else.

Bobby Hamon, ex Riverdale east ender, DTS, retired, alive and well in the south of England.
Bobby Hamon / July 15, 2013 at 02:21 pm
Replying to 'beacher': I trust you mean the Salvation Army?
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GO Train flood was ABSOLUTELY avoidable - there was a LARGER flood May 28-29, 2013 that missed the trains because of schedule:

While the GO Train operator Metrolinx conveniently called the rain unprecedented, water level records show flooding was 20 cm deeper at the Todmorden river gauge beside the flood site, and the Don River flow was greater on May 29 (190 cms) than July 8 (180 cms). The link above includes the graphs / details, or you can check TRCA's online archive yourself.

The flood history /risk in this are has been well documented too - including in the inquiry to Premier Davis in the early 1980's:;R=209381

The near tragedy could have been avoided by Metrolinx with a basic flood awareness / response plan just like their neighbours at the flood site (Brickworks) - they had a plan, they flooded May 28-29 and learned from it but Metrolinx didn't.

Despite this, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario cites the GO train flood as evidence of climate change when it is actually evidence of carelessness, absent risk management. Ontario health and safety legislation requires employers to consider risks like drowning in their work hazard assessments and policies, but Metrolinx apparently did not and put employees, passengers and first responders at great risk.

Don't think cap and trade is going to solve flooding like Liberal MPPs say. Instead we need common sense in managing obvious, long-stonding risks in our regulated flood plains and our city infrastructure. Once everyone admits that Engineering Cliamte Datasets (version 2.3) clearly shows storms are not getting any worse (except in insurance industry propaganda):

.. and realize that its the extra runoff from more pavement that is pounding cities, then we can move to some rational, evidence-based policies on flood risk reduction.
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