Torrential rains caused flooding on several roadways across the GTA and forced the TTC to close at least one subway station.
Kipling Avenue was closed between Bethridge Road and Belfield Road while a portion of Highway 401 at Kipling was also said to be under water.
Flooding happening throughout the city….
Majority of major roads in @TPS23Div are shut down in between Rexdale Blvd and Hwy 409/401
— The 6ix Cop (@RyanCP23) July 17, 2019
WB 401 at Kipling major flooding AVOID!! MTO have been trying to get to the scene to see if a catch basin may be blocked. This is just one of the many areas in the GTA dealing with flooding. #summerrain #flooding #commute #GTA pic.twitter.com/yGU2GOCSIz
— 680 NEWS Traffic (@680NEWStraffic) July 17, 2019
As well, sections of Eglinton Avenue at Allen Road and Black Creek Drive were also affected. Both these areas are connected to the Eglinton Crosstown construction project.
The Highway 401 eastbound off ramp at Islington was turned into a swamp as a combination of dirt and water almost completely submerged a number of cars caught in the downpour.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says some drivers have had to abandon their vehicles on the roads because they weren’t able to continue through the water. He says others had to be rescued from their flooded-out cars.
Toronto Fire said it responded to 12 water rescues involving multiple cars between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Intense flooding on northwest Toronto roads and highways includes the EB401 off-ramp to Islington. A car was stuck in this water earlier, flooded up to its windows. Occupants got out safely. Flood water now up to the top of the concrete dividers. @680NEWS @680NEWStraffic pic.twitter.com/edivY4IarB
— Mark Douglas (@Douglas680NEWS) July 17, 2019
— Sonny Subra (@SonnySubra) July 17, 2019
Flooding was also responsible for closing Highway 401 east- and westbound ramps to Weston Road, the eastbound Highway 401 ramp to Allen Road south and the Highway 427 southbound off ramp to Holiday Drive. As well there were a number of lane restrictions on Highway 401, Highway 400 and Highway 409.
The area of Jane Street at St. Clair Avenue was also flooded with water reaching up to the top of the wheel well on cars travelling in the area.
The TTC was forced to close Jane Station for approximately two hours due to flooding. Shuttle buses were operating in the area between Jane and Runnymede stations until regular service resumed shortly after noon.
Environment Canada said upwards of 60 mm of rainfall was recorded at Pearson Airport during a two hour period between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The national weather service says additional showers and thunderstorms were also possible later this afternoon.
“It’s beyond a nightmare” homeowners on Cordella, near Jane and St.Clair dealing with over a foot of sewage water in their basements. It’s the second time it has happened in a year. @CityNews. @johnhanleyphoto pic.twitter.com/PeXx0KFIDe
— Pam Seatle (@CityPamS) July 17, 2019
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is warning that all shorelines, rivers and streams should be considered “hazardous” as the heavy rainfall will result in higher water levels.
“Boardwalks and other pathways along Lake Ontario’s waterfront are dangerous due to the high water levels combined with wind, surge and wave action,” said the TRCA. “Additionally, high water levels in Lake Ontario can result in reduced capacity of streams at river mouths during heavy rainfall events and thunderstorms.”