TORONTO FLOODING: 1,000 TRAIN PASSENGERS STRANDED WHILE 300,000 PEOPLE LOST POWER

Stuck: This GO Train with around 1,000 passengers on board got stuck on the tracks after flash floods in TorontoDeluge: The storm left the downtown core dotted with abandoned vehicles, some sitting in water up to their windows

‘There’s a full-on river on either side of us’: Toronto flooding includes 1,000 train passengers stranded by rising waters

By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press PUBLISHED:9 July 2013

At least 300,000 people lost power in Canada’s largest city and all subways were shut down at one point by the floods.

Environment Canada said some parts of the city had been drenched with more than 3.9 inches of rain, easily beating the previous one-day rainfall record of 1.4 inches in 2008.

 
Stuck: This GO Train with around 1,000 passengers on board got stuck on the tracks after flash floods in Toronto

Stuck: This GO Train with around 1,000 passengers on board got stuck on the tracks after flash floods in Toronto

  

Rescue: Emergency workers brought a dingy to the door of the commuter train to evacuate its passengers

Rescue: Emergency workers brought a dingy to the door of the commuter train to evacuate its passengers

Damp: Passengers on the train struggled (and failed) to keep dry

Damp: Passengers on the train struggled (and failed) to keep dry

 Scores of Toronto police and firefighters used boats to rescue commuters from a 10-car, double-decker train that stalled in floodwaters that reached up to the lower windows.

Murky brown water spilled through the bottom floor of the carriages, sending passengers fleeing to the upper decks. Power was shut off and the windows were opened to provide ventilation.

 ‘There’s a full-on river on either side of us… We. Are. Stuck. Hard,’ passenger Jonah Cait wrote on Twitter.

A Metrolinx spokeswoman told the broadcast news network CP24 that about 1,000 passengers were aboard the train.

 
Relief: Police officers removed the passengers, sometimes one-by-one

Relief: Police officers removed the passengers, sometimes one-by-one

Deluge: The storm left the downtown core dotted with abandoned vehicles, some sitting in water up to their windows

Deluge: The storm left the downtown core dotted with abandoned vehicles, some sitting in water up to their windows

Looking out: The train carriages were completely surrounded by flood water

Looking out: The train carriages were completely surrounded by flood water 

Rescue workers were pulling weary passengers through the windows about 3 1/2 hours after the train got stuck.

Another passenger told CP24 that she could see people clinging to trees after abandoning their cars on a flooded highway alongside the tracks.

All of Toronto’s subway service was temporarily halted due to power and signal issues. Some stations were also flooded. Partial service later resumed but large parts of the system were still shut down.

The storm left the downtown core dotted with abandoned vehicles, some sitting in water up to their windows.

 
Darkness falls: Passengers remained stuck on the train as night drew in

Darkness falls: Passengers remained stuck on the train as night drew in

Dry land: More travelers are rescued from the overwhelmed train

Dry land: More travelers are rescued from the overwhelmed train

Knee-deep: The unfortunate train was completely flooded

Knee-deep: The unfortunate train was completely flooded

 One woman, in a T-shirt and shorts, dove head-first through the window of her marooned car before wading away in the thigh-deep currents.

Porter Airlines canceled all flights out of the downtown airport due to power outages in the terminal Monday evening. It was not clear how many flights were affected.

As many as 300,000 Toronto Hydro customers lost power. Hydro spokeswoman Tanya Bruckmueller said efforts to restore power to customers might be slowed as night fell.

Another utility, Enersource, said power was cut to about 80 percent of Mississauga, a suburb of 700,000 west of Toronto. By around 10 p.m., only about 50,000 were without power.

Toronto’s flash flooding comes two weeks after extensive flooding in Calgary turned parts of the western Canadian city into a lake and forced up to 100,000 Albertans from their homes.

Three bodies were recovered during the floods.

 
Failure: The situation became more precarious when the electricity started to run out

Failure: The situation became more precarious when the electricity started to run out

Up above: Commuters were forced to the upper decks by the water rising below

Up above: Commuters were forced to the upper decks by the water rising below

Deep waters: The floods stranded the train on both sides of the track

Deep waters: The floods stranded the train on both sides of the track

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358649/Theres-river-Toronto-flooding-includes-1-000-train-passengers-stranded-rising-waters.html#ixzz2YWxoXWtQ
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