Flooding closes Toronto subway hub Union station

CBC News

A worker wades through flood waters at Union station. (Submitted by Alana McCarthy)

The TTC says service on the Yonge Street portion of the subway has been stopped because of flooding at Union station.

A section of the system from Osgoode station to Bloor station has been shut down because of the flooding.

It appears a storm sewer may have backed up and sent water cascading from street level down into the station and onto the tracks around 1 p.m. ET.

About 40 people were trapped on one of the streetcars in the station’s flooded Harbourfront tunnel — but were eventually rescued by Toronto firefighters.

Andy Byford, TTC CEO, said no passengers were injured during the flood but it will take “several hours” to clean up the mess and get subway trains running again. He was on the scene and reported a foul smell in the flooded station.

Streetcars are operating, but they are bypassing Union station. Streetcar service along Queen’s Quay has also been disrupted.

The 510 and 509 Spadina streetcars that normally enter Union station are being turned back at the Spadina loop.

Byford suggested customers check the TTC website for updates.

Dozens of shuttle buses will try to move some of the riders along the subway route.

Workers in the financial district just north of Union station will have to stay on ground level while heading home for the day. Water has seeped into the RBC Plaza path, closing the underground pedestrian walkway in that area.

The release of sewer water mixed with heavy rains caused some flooding in the GO Transit concourse at Union station, but the commuter service says train and services are unaffected and continue to operate on schedule.

GO Transit says the doorways from Bay Street into the concourse are closed and it’s telling passengers to use the stairwells from York and Bay streets leading directly to the platforms.

link to report from TheStar

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