Toronto Flood Recovery Continues

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TORONTO – The damage from flooding in Toronto is still being repaired. The Toronto Transit Commission report subway service has been restored between Islington and Jane subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line. However, service to Kipling Station remains suspended until full electrical power can be delivered there. The TTC will update the public, customers and media of Kipling Station’s status later today. Shuttle buses will continue to operate between Kipling and Islington stations”.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is asking Toronto residents to reduce power usage during the recovery efforts. Toronto City crews and the Toronto’s Emergency Operations Centre are working with Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Transit Commission to manage impacts to residents and restore services to residents as quickly as possible after the intense rainfall.

Toronto Hydro advises that service has been restored to all but 35,000 customers in the Toronto area.

With the exception of the Bloor-Danforth subway line from Jane to Kipling stations, the Toronto Transit Commission will be operating at capacity across the subway system this morning. Residents should refer to the TTC’s Service Alerts web page for details and up-to-date information at Information on service impacts for GO Transit commuters is available at:

.Most city roadways are open to traffic this morning, including:

– Don Valley Parkway 
– Lake Shore Blvd. 
– Allen Expressway.

The Bayview Extension is closed, as is Rosedale Valley Road from Bayview to Park Road, and the underpass at King and Atlantic streets. There continue to be some limited impacts and closures to some local roads throughout the city. 

It may be very busy this morning during the rush hour period; Motorists are asked to be patient and drive carefully. Where traffic signals are out, motorists are reminded to treat affected intersections as a four-way stop.

Minister of Transportation Glen Murray issued a statement following the flooding:

“Yesterday, we experienced an unprecedented amount of rain across the GTA that made it extremely difficult for commuters to get home. In particular many GO Transit passengers were affected by yesterday’s storm, and I would like to thank every passenger for your patience, strength and perseverance in remaining calm and taking the time to help each other.

“Thank you to the Toronto Police, the Marine Rescue unit, firefighters and all other emergency workers involved in helping customers. Your quick response, dedication and professionalism were vital in getting passengers home safely.

“I would also like to thank all GO Transit employees who worked hard to ensure passengers were safe and who worked around the clock to restore GO service as best as possible for this morning’s commute.

Since last night, I have heard many stories of bravery and kindness from the people of Toronto. Together, we overcame this unexpected and unique situation.

Once again, thank you — to passengers, to staff and to emergency workers. You can all be proud of the way you worked together to make sure everyone got home safely.

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