Just a warning. Next week 3 of us will be out of town at a conference, so we might be bad bloggers next week too. Or not. We like to keep you all on your toes.
I thought I'd share a few of the fun, fun, fun images from Toronto's evening of rain. We got more rain in 90 minutes than the city normally gets in the entire month of July. It's so scary what can happen when extreme weather hits aging infrastructure. Especially during rush hour in one of the worst cities for commuting.
Now, Toronto gets thunderstorms in the summer. Lots of them. We're used to it. We are not storm wimps. Trees come down every year. But the volume of rain this time was pretty incredible.
Molly was stuck in traffic for hours with her kids and I think Sinead has been without power since Monday night. Me? I went to the movies and escaped 90% of it. Feeling lucky. (Although I still haven't gone down into my basement. I'm too busy this week to deal with a flood and therefore have decided that I didn't have one.) (Okay, I did peek down the stairs and didn't see any water, but should have checked around the drains...)
Here's a few shots stolen from people's twitter feeds.
Storm coming in
This one is right near my house... If I walked 2 blocks I'd be on the bridge that this shot was taken from. Now... this highway is in a river valley. But it never floods. And this is the second time this year that it has flooded. First time wasn't this bad and everyone was so astonished.
Another one looking down into the Don Valley. This one of Bayview Avenue, which also runs up the valley on the other side of the river to the highway.
Right downtown on The Esplanade.
On a bus...
Eerie shot of the DVP at dusk.
And a commuter train ended up in the flood. This is also in the Don Valley not far from my pad.
A shot that looks like it's taken from a northern suburb, of the storm moving in.
A shot of the flooded train.
Another city shot from an apartment to the north of downtown.
Crazy flooding in underpasses....
Dude who decided to get off the GO train and walk. Dummy.
Shot in Mississauga, a western suburb.
Police marine unit (normally just on the lake, not, um highways) rescuing people from the train.
One of the downtown subway stations.
An erupting storm sewer.
A shot taken on the submerged GO train.
Crushed car just east of me.
And another shot from that train.