Flooding in Toronto

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Flooding in Toronto
Posted by NorthWest on Monday, July 08, 2013 9:15 PM

Severe thunderstorms in Toronto have knocked out GO Service: http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/updates/status.aspx

Check out these pictures a bit down the page: http://livenews.thestar.com/Event/Severe_thunderstorms_in_Toronto?Page=2

Hope everyone is safe,

NW

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:02 AM

Let us know when normal service resumes.   Thanks!!!

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:01 PM

Service should be back to normal by this evening's rush. I was out in the storm, luckily ensconced in a pub on Yonge street. We noticed lots of people walking north so we figured something was up with the Yonge subway. Turned out it was closed from College st to north of Bloor. I walked to the Bloor line and went home, the line was closed at Jane street. As of this morning Kipling station was still closed. More rain today, and heavy rain tomorrow! what fun! 

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 1:20 PM

i1.  How did the streetcars perform?   Were any main streets flooded to disrupt service?

2.  Does the TTC subway system have pump cars, like New York's does?

3.  Is this the first event of this type in your experience?

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Posted by NorthWest on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 1:23 PM

Hello all!

54light15, great news!

It appears the GO passengers were rescued by boat.

Dave, halfway down the page there is a picture of a flooded street with trolley tracks in it.

Stay safe,

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 2:35 PM

Hi- The streetcars seemed to do OK, I know that King st at the railway underpass just west of Shaw street would have been flooded, the streetcars would have diverted up Shaw to Queen st. It is about the lowest spot on the system. As I understand it, the rest of the streetcar system was unaffected. "Pump trains?" No, I don't think we have those. During heavy rainfall, the subway will be delayed, that's happened before but never on such a large scale. I just heard that the Bloor line is still turning trains around at Jane street. The Don Valley parkway has flooded before as well, this is the first time that a GO train has been affected. The area where that happened is adjacent to the Don River and the parkway. My electric power was out for a few hours and just now came back on. There is a picture in the paper of a flooded and abandoned Ferrari on Simcoe st under the railway tracks. Some fun! Safe? I'll be OK as long as I have beer! thanks and regards-Larry

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:24 AM

Possiblly the TTC should learn something from NYTCA, who have several pump cars for such emergencies.  Of course they were in used for a long period after Sandy.

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Posted by NDG on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 2:45 PM
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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 3:27 PM

Service was back to normal the next day. Only new streetcars were affected; there were the two on King St in the underpass that were badly flooded, I don't know where the others were. It was a month's worth of rain in a few hours and it gets worse every year.

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Posted by NorthWest on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 11:26 PM

This must've been one of the first threads that I started.

What a blast from the past!

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