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Don River Flood

Toronto, Ontario - Aug. 19, 2005

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With 175mm of rain falling in one afternoon, a serious flood threat became reality when the Don River overflowed its banks in the heart of Toronto. The water spilled over and flooded out the Don Valley Parkway as well as many other nearby roadways. Several people were trapped in the floodwaters and had to be rescued by emergency services using a crane and boats from the police marine unit. Traffic was eventually turned around in order to clear the backup of cars, trucks & busses that became stuck with nowhere to escape. The storm system that caused the flood was also responsible for several tornado reports throughout Southern Ontario.