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Record Breaking Rain and Flooding

Toronto, Ontario - July 08, 2013
A line of very potent, slow moving thunderstorms that were training over the same area, dropped a whopping 126mm of rain in Toronto in just a few hours. This was the biggest single day day rainfall ever recorded at Pearson international Airport, smashing the previous record of 121mm set in 1954 during Hurricane Hazel.
 
Widespread flooding, power outages and closed roads were commonplace all over the greater Toronto area.
 
- Most of the main highways around the city were closed.
- The subway system was shut down.
- The Go Train system was shut down due to flooding and over 1000 people had to be rescued by police in inflatable boats.
- 300,000 people were without power, mainly in Mississauga.

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The Don Valley Parkway, completely shut down.
The main north-south highway was shut down for hours.

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Water overflowing the banks of the Don River in Toronto.
Northbound lanes, southbound lanes and the river, all merged as one during the flood.

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King Street, near Dufferin. The water had receded, but was up to the car's roofs. They were about to get towed out.