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Transit lines, roadways flooded as storms sweep across Toronto

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Heavy thunderstorms in Toronto flooded areas along the lake shore and forced the closure of one subway line while affecting access to Union Station during the busy rush hour commute on Friday.

GO Transit was telling commuters to enter and exit through the main station building as pedestrian walkways south of Front Street between Bay and York had to be closed due to flooding. However, actual train service remained unaffected.

The same could not be said for the TTC’s Line 3 in Scarborough. Flooding at Midland Station forced the suspension of service. Shuttle buses were operating in the area. The heavy rainfall also caused some minor flooding at other TTC stations but trains continued to run on both Lines 1 and 2 without disruption.

Earlier in the afternoon, Environment Canada had issued a rainfall warning for the city, saying torrential downpours moving in from the west were likely to dump upwards of 50 millimetres or more of rain.

“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads,” warned the national weather agency.