Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What is with all this rain Canada?

We'll Calgary and surrounds had their rain last month and now it's our turn here....not as bad so far but yesterday was not a good day for some Toronto area commuters. I  don't know who took these pictures so I can't give credit.....

The above picture is the Don Valley Parkway which runs along the Don River....a lot of rain and of course it flows over it's banks right onto the road. It got worse.

Are these people nuts?

A Go train was stranded by the high water and 1400 commuters had to be ferried off by small dinghies. It's a good thing the trains have an upstairs level as that's where most of the passengers waited.

Our power went out at 6:15 p.m. and came back at 11:00 p.m. About 300,000 homes were without power. I checked TV when the power came back to see what was happening and at that point they had only managed to rescue half of the passengers....long night for them:(

Here's a video to show you how much water was in the storm drains downtown. We have had so much rain lately that they were already at capacity.  Toronto is actually built in an ancient sea bed so all water naturally goes downhill towards Lake Ontario.

We had 100 mm plus in rain yesterday in some parts of the city. We are high up so we were very lucky in our neighborhood. There was a bit of a stream running past our back steps and the road was flowing but downhill and our storm drains managed the flow. 

Some of our neighbours who have underground garages will have flooding. Here's some more video of downtown T.O.

And guess what....it's starting to rain again!


  1. Hope the floods soon recede and the rain stops! We had so much rain here over the winter, spring and early summer, there were frequent news stories about flooding. We live on the top of a bit of hill so we're okay, but I really feel for people who are in danger of being chased from their houses by the rising waters.

  2. I feel for all those people who have been flooded. It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who risk their lives crossing swollen rivers or creeks! remember all those rains in Brisbane a while back.Same thing.All dev't along the Brisbane River.When it floods what happens...the dev't all along the river get flooded.Crazy!!

  3. Oh, I've seen this on the news--how horrible! I hope the rain stops and you all dry out a bit. Stay safe, my friend!

  4. Will we get dry soon ?
    Am so glad I don't have to go into, or out, of underground parking !

  5. It's been raining for 10 straight days here. I think I've got mold growing on me. Eeeew. I'm about ready to do a sundance out in the meadow, but I have to wait for it to stop raining first :)

  6. Bizarre weather to say the least and now it's hotter than Hades back East! We've had a coolish summer here so far and not whacko weather thank goodness. Hello climate change, this way become the norm for our weather! Deb


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