Flooding shuts down Toronto subway

Worker wades through Toronto’s Union Station, 01 June 2012 (TWN)

Toronto was drenched with a monsoon-like system today which led to flooding at Union Station and the partial closure of the city’s subway system.

Incredibly, almost 40 mm of rain fell in Toronto in one day – almost as much as the city received during the entire month of May.

Winds were also gusty up to 75 km/h bringing down some trees and power lines.

Officials say a sewage back-up in the subway system, mixed with a heavy influx of rain, caused significant damage and sparked major cleanup efforts.

Shuttle buses were deployed in time for rush hour commuter congestion but traffic slowed to a crawl in much of Toronto’s downtown.

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