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Heavy rain triggers flash floods in Toronto

It's raining in Toronto, and that can only mean one thing--a flood. Steady late afternoon rain followed by a series of powerful thunderstorms made rivers out of streets in northern parts of the city, disrupting subway, streetcar, and bus service. Railway underpasses and streets with drains blocked by leaves are currently no-go zones, but things are steadily improving.

Toronto Police says water is blocking streets in the vicinity of Allen and Eglinton, Weston and Finch, Weston and Imogene, Parkside and Bloor, Parkside and High Park, Sentinel and Finch, Ingram and Kincourt, Royal York and Mimico, Dupont and Ossington, Sheppard and Seeley, and Wilson and 401 interchange.

On the TTC, flooding at Lawrence station has closed Line 1 in both directions between Eglinton and York Mills for the remainder of the evening. Shuttle buses are currently operating between those stations. Streetcar service has now resumed on St. Clair but there are still numerous problems on the buses. Check here for flood-related disruptions on the TTC website.

Toronto Hydro is reporting isolated outages in northern and eastern parts of Toronto. Crews have been dispatched.

Here are pictures of the floods.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Kent Anjo/Twitter.


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