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Stranded passengers rescued after 7 hours on flooded Toronto train

A month’s worth of rain in a matter of hours caused chaos in Toronto on Monday, as flash flooding triggered widespread power outages, subway closures and left almost 1,500 people stranded on a commuter train filled with gushing water.
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Stranded passengers await rescue on a flooded GO Train in Toronto on July 8, 2013.Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP / The Canadian Press
Image: Dramatic Train Rescue in Toronto
Using boats and tow lines, EMS rescuers remove passengers from the disabled GO train, stuck in floodwaters during a heavy rainstorm in Toronto.Christopher Drost / SHIFT digital via Zuma Press / SHIFT digital

A month’s worth of rain in a matter of hours caused chaos in Toronto on Monday, as flash flooding triggered widespread power outages, subway closures and left almost 1,500 people stranded on a commuter train filled with gushing water.

The city’s police Marine Unit was called into action to rescue more than 1,400 people from a 10-car GO transit train that stalled as it tried to reverse away from the rising torrents.

After murky brown water spilled into the bottom floor of the carriages, passengers fled to the upper decks, where they waited for almost seven hours to be rescued.

“There’s a full on river either side of us...” one passenger Jonah Cait, tweeted as the water rose. “We. Are. Stuck. Hard.” Read the full story.

Image: Policer officers kneel on top of truck stuck in flood waters during a heavy rainstorm in Toronto
Policer officers kneel on top of a truck stuck in floodwaters during a heavy rainstorm in Toronto.Mark Blinch / Reuters / X02025
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Stranded passengers are rescued from a flooded GO Train.Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP / The Canadian Press
Image: A woman gets back in her car in flood water on Lakeshore West during a storm in Toronto.
A woman gets back in her car on Lakeshore West during a storm in Toronto.Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP / The Canadian Press