Flood Cripples Toronto Subway

Heavy rains in Toronto shut down part of the city’s subway system on Friday, threatening to cripple transportation out of Canada’s main financial district ahead of the evening commute.

Water cascaded down stairwells in Toronto’s Union Station, a transportation hub that links the city’s subway and streetcar lines to intercity trains and buses, after heavy rain caused storm sewers to back up.

The flood led Toronto’s transit authority to shut down Union Station and six other stations along the city’s main downtown subway line around midday on Friday.

Some 30,000 people use the Union Station subway stop during the evening rush hour each day, according to the Toronto Transit Commission.

Dozens of buses were sent by the city to shuttle people along the subway route.

Parts of Toronto’s underground Path system, a 17-mile network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the city, were also closed because of the flooding.

Up to 1.77 inches of rain was expected in Toronto on Friday.

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