Freak Storm Floods Toronto

Record-breaking rain strands commuters on flooded train

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 9, 2013 1:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – A record-breaking thunderstorm has caused chaos in Canada's biggest city, flooding roads and subway tunnels and leaving around 300,000 people without power. Close to 4 inches of rain was dumped on Toronto in the evening storm, the most rain the city has ever received in a single day and more than a month's average rainfall, the National Post reports.

Police and firefighters had to use inflatable boats to rescue 1,400 passengers who had been stranded for hours on a commuter train stuck in floodwaters, the AP reports. To stay out of the water, passengers had to flee to the top deck of the double-decker train. "There's a full-on river on either side of us... We. Are. Stuck. Hard." one passenger tweeted. Abandoned cars have been spotted floating in the downtown area, but emergency services say there have been no reports of any deaths or injuries caused by the storm, the Toronto Star reports.

A woman gets back into her flooded car on the Toronto Indy course on Lakeshore Boulevard in Toronto.
A woman gets back into her flooded car on the Toronto Indy course on Lakeshore Boulevard in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
A tow truck driver floats a car out of the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto.
A tow truck driver floats a car out of the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
Stranded passengers are rescued from a flooded GO Train in Toronto.
Stranded passengers are rescued from a flooded GO Train in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
Stranded passengers await rescue on a flooded GO Train in Toronto.
Stranded passengers await rescue on a flooded GO Train in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
A GO Train is stranded on flooded tracks in Toronto.
A GO Train is stranded on flooded tracks in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Winston Neutel)
A GO Train is stranded on flooded tracks in Toronto.
A GO Train is stranded on flooded tracks in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Winston Neutel)
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