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Flood watch in effect for Toronto, GO Transit diverting

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Jun 23rd, 2017

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he Bayview Extension between King and River streets is flooded on June 23, 2017. CITYNEWS
A flood watch is in effect for Toronto, and GO Transit trains are diverting because of high water levels.

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRC) said Friday that areas of the Greater Toronto Area have already received 20-40 millimetres of rain by 6:30 a.m.

“Environment Canada advises that another system is approaching the GTA from the northwest that could bring another 20-25mm of rainfall with the possibility of thunderstorms to occur starting around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m.,” the TRC said.

The Richmond Hill track is closed, GO Transit said on Friday morning.

“Flash flooding from last night’s rain has caused partial flooding on your line which has resulted in an area of track being closed. As a result, service on your line will be impacted,” GO said in a statement.

Passengers at the Old Cummer and Oriole GO stations may use their GO tickets or Presto Card on the TTC at a staffed entrance at the Finch, Sheppard or Leslie subway stations, GO said.

The diversions will add 30 to 45 minutes to the morning commute.

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