After heavy flooding, roads and transit return to normal

Heavy rains flooded parts of the GTA tonight, leaving some cars stuck in waist-high water and forcing a subway station to close.

Lawrence subway station reopens, TTC resumes normal operations for morning commute

Heavy rains Thursday night force drivers to abandon their cars and the TTC to close Lawrence Station. 2:30

Heavy rains flooded parts of the GTA Thursday evening, leaving some cars stuck in waist-high water and forcing a subway station to close.

Multiple cars near Pine Valley Drive and Villa Park in Vaughan were stuck in waist-deep water on the roads, York Regional Police tweeted.

They asked drivers to steer clear of the problem roads, which have been temporarily closed to traffic.

The rain flooded Lawrence subway station, forcing the TTC to stop subway service both ways between York Mills and Eglinton stations. Twenty-eight shuttle buses were operating to carry commuters between the stations.

A commuter tweeted photos of people walking in the floodwater to evacuate from the station.

You get crazy people who think they can drive their little cars through three feet of water.- Tow truck driver Andy Amerol

Just after 4 a.m., the TTC tweeted that the station has been given the all clear, and that the station will be open for the morning commute, with full service on each subway line.

Flooding at Dundas Street West and Royal York Road forced the 73 Royal York bus to divert around the intersection Friday morning.

Near Ossington and Dupont, waist-deep water forced two drivers to abandon their cars. Tow truck driver Andy Amerol said he's seen this before.

"With the hard rain … all the sewers get backed up and then you get crazy people who think they can drive their little cars through three feet of water."

Toronto police warned people to be careful on the roads because of the weather, saying there were multiple flooding and dangerous water warnings in place throughout the city.

Those areas include:

  • Allen Road and Eglinton Avenue West.
  • Finch Avenue West and Weston Road.
  • Weston Road and Imogene Avenue.
  • Parkside Drive and Bloor Street West.
  • Parkside Drive and High Park Boulevard.
  • Finch Avenue West and Sentinel Road.
  • Ingram Drive and Kincourt Street.
  • Royal York Road and Mimico Avenue.
  • Dupont Street and Ossington Avenue.
  • Sheppard Avenue West and Seeley Drive.
  • Wilson Avenue and Highway 401.

On mobile? See a video of the rain here

TTC transit delays

Other impacted TTC routes include:

  • 110 Islington South.
  • 165 Weston Road North.
  • 196 York University Rocket.
  • 120 Calvington.
  • 63 Ossington.
  • 80 Queensway.
  • 73 Royal York.
  • 21 Brimley.
  • 108 Downsview.
  • 96 Wilson
  • Eglinton West station, out of service bus level to northbound platform.

Read the latest details on the TTC service disruptions here.

GO Transit was only reporting a delay on its Lakeshore West train line earlier. It's unclear if the delay had any connection to the flooding.

Twitter user HayeseLaw tweeted this photo of the scene on Bayview Avenue, south of Eglinton Avenue East, on Thursday evening. (HayeseLaw/Twitter)
Toronto Hydro reported several small outages. The company said crews have been dispatched to the areas, but it was unclear when service would be restored.

The outages are fairly standard for heavy rainfall, said Tanya Bruckmueller, a public affairs adviser at Toronto Hydro. The outages are due to problems with transformers, she said.

Earlier Thursday evening, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the city, warning that heavy rain and thunderstorms may produce nearly 50 millimetres of rain. The rain could be significant enough to cause localized flooding in low-lying areas, Environment Canada warned.

The rainfall warning was lifted shortly after 10 p.m. ET.

The warning is still in effect for Pickering, Oshawa, Southern Durham Region, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham.