TORONTO (NEWS1130) – Heavy downpours jolted the Greater Toronto Area this afternoon with flash flooding, blackouts and public transit disruptions reported throughout the region.
The entire TTC subway system came to halt during the heart of the evening rush, with all trains holding due to numerous signal and power issues. Service has now been fully halted at several stations.
At one point, approximately 80 per cent of Mississauga was without power and 300,000 Toronto Hydro customers were in the dark.
The Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Flood Duty Officer, has advised that the banks of the Don River are at risk of collapse in the Hoggs Hollow area near Yonge Street and York Mills Road.
Emergency services and police are advising people to stay in their homes, avoid underpasses and low-lying areas.
The heavy rains led to severe flooding in basements and on city streets — with knee-deep water at Yonge and St. Clair, Eglinton Ave., near Bayview, and on parts of the DVP, especially near Dundas Street.
Square One mall in Mississauga has been evacuated after flooding.
There are also reports of heavy flooding in Richmond Hill.
Some flights coming into Pearson Airport are being diverted to Hamilton.