If you do not live in Canada you maybe did not hear about this, but Toronto had a major flood earlier this week.
I really avoid talking about natural disasters on my blog, mainly because there are so many happening around the world all the time that if I did talk about them it’s probably all I would get a chance to talk about. Also, if it didn’t affect me directly, I don’t think there is anything I can add that someone else isn’t already saying.
But I have a lot of American readers who probably didn’t hear about this, since when it comes to Canada no one seems to care. I feel it is my duty to tell you about the things that happen here, and the Toronto flood on Monday was crazy!
We basically had the same amount of rain that falls here in a month, fall in something ridiculous like an hour. Obviously Toronto’s infrastructure is not meant to handle this so, flood city.
Luckily no one was hurt, and luckily I had Monday off and was safe at home when the rain started and could just safely watch the storm from my window (this time lapse video of the storm is pretty awesome). Otherwise I would have been driving right around here when this happened:
So that would have been no good.
The worst story I think was the one about the flooded GO Train.
My coworker was on that train, and this is the email I received from her on Tuesday morning:
I was stranded on the Richmond Hill train last night waiting for the dinghy boat rescues. Saw several people swim, a Mercedes was fully submerged, along with an SUV and left abandoned. My carriage was flooded on the lower deck up to seat level, so had to move upstairs, and stood for 7 hours with no air con, many lights stopped working….emergency windows had to be pulled out because it was hard to breathe, sweaty and people getting claustrophobic in cramped spaces. Finally we walked out on the tracks at 1am (very wet, slippery and muddy) and we still had to catch 2 separate rescue buses to get to our stations. Had to give 2 people rides home and finally home 3am. Think we’re getting our money back for this ride. The train is still on the Richmond Hill tracks this morning and they can’t move it yet…
What a nightmare! I don’t know how she didn’t have a meltdown. I would rather be in a tight cave underground than stuck on a train with sweaty people for seven hours. I probably would have tried to swim.
Here’s what the inside of her train looked like:
I can’t even believe this happened here.
My favourite pictures were of the children saving the rats in a flooded park.
I can’t find the picture now, but there was one I saw of two rats floating in a dollhouse and it just about killed me. Save all the rats!
Again, luckily no one was hurt. Except for the sad Ferrari.
Anyway, now it’s like nothing even happened, so I guess no worries. Weird phenomenon though, for sure.
Have a great weekend! I am hoping for SUNSHINE!