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
Freak Storm Floods 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 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. (Read more Toronto stories.)

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