Heavy rains flood downtown Toronto
Heavy rain battered Toronto Tuesday evening, washing out roadways, causing heavy flooding in the downtown core and leaving thousands without power.
Environment Canada had issued a special weather statement for the city earlier in the evening, saying between 50 and 100 millimetres of rain was expected in some locations, particularly near the lakeshore.
Fire hydrant ruptured in the storm tonight and I basically had to swim home at King/Atlantic. Streetcar is stuck in over a foot of water! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/toronto?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#toronto</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CityNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CityNews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CP24?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CP24</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/blogTO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@blogto</a> <a href="https://t.co/qLluipWDA6">pic.twitter.com/qLluipWDA6</a>—@victoria_pike
The federal agency said more than 64 millimetres of rain had fallen at Billy Bishop Airport in just two hours.
The rain filled several underpasses, including one in north-end Toronto near Keele Street and Wilson Avenue that left three cars completely submerged.
Four cars were also trapped by rising water at a downtown underpass at Lower Simcoe and Bremner, and the police marine unit was called in to rescue the occupants. There were no injuries reported at either incident.
Flooded elevator rescue
Police say two men had to be rescued from an elevator that was stuck in a basement in the city's north end. The water had almost filled the elevator until the men were rescued with only "one foot of air space left."
Weather-related calls also flooded emergency lines with less serious calls, leading police to ask that callers use 911 only for emergencies.
Heavy rain in Toronto tonight.....Epic Lounge at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoyalYork?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoyalYork</a> Hotel in Toronto. Epic leak I would say. <a href="https://twitter.com/CP24?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CP24</a> <a href="https://t.co/f2QASjcOmx">pic.twitter.com/f2QASjcOmx</a>—@cmcsweeney66
The deluge caused problems at Toronto city hall. A staffer tweeted that the roof outside Mayor John Tory's office was leaking so badly that staff ran out of recycling bins and garbage cans to contain the water.
Meanwhile, a power supply issue from Hydro One caused customers in the area of Steeles Avenue south to Sheppard Avenue, and from Islington Avenue to Dufferin Street, to lose power.
Thousands lost power
Hydro One confirmed there was an outage at their Finch Transmission Station and that they were making repairs to damaged equipment, allowing Toronto Hydro to restore power to customers.
Toronto Hydro said that 16,000 customers in North York were without power at the height of the storm but have since had their service restored. The utility company also said it dispatched crews to other areas of the city to investigate other weather-related outages.
Tonight’s storm and heavy rains are driving high call volumes for <a href="https://twitter.com/Toronto_Fire?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Toronto_Fire</a> crews tonight. At present, our crews are managing 50 concurrent incidents. Please be safe and alert as you move around the city - lots of standing water on the roads. Current CAD view screenshot. <a href="https://t.co/aWGXROB5j1">pic.twitter.com/aWGXROB5j1</a>—@ChiefPeggTFS
Other issues caused by the rain:
Environment Canada's special weather statement was lifted just before 11:30 p.m. ET as the heaviest showers moved out over Lake Ontario.