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What can four inches of flash flood rain do to a city like the Greater Toronto Area? It can drown cars, forcing their owners to abandon them and wade home; it can stall trains, making passengers have to wait to escape onto police boats through windows; it can knock out electricity for 700,000 people; it can close highways and even stop air traffic.

That has been the results of record-breaking rains when a flash flood dropped 100 millimeters of rain, about four inches, which is more than Toronto averages, 74.4 mm, for the entire month of July.

  
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And it’s not always pretty. Naturally enough, the sewers overfill, and that’s what causes the streets to flood and cars to get stuck; but that water can be disgusting. Some if it is brown stinking sludge of the worst order.

One rush-hour train become flooded with such water rising in the cars, while passengers piled into the cars that were elevated higher. “There’s a full-on river on either side of us… We. Are. Stuck. Hard,” twittered passenger Jonah Cait, as reported by McClean’s.

Power outages, meanwhile, have had hundreds of thousands left in the dark.

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“There’s not a lot that will change once it starts getting dark,” said Toronto Hydro spokeswoman Tanya Bruckmueller. “It’ll be harder for the crews … they need to be able to identify where the damage is so it’ll take longer in the night.”





 

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