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Mass flooding sweeps through T.O.

Toronto was up to its neck in water.

The torrential downpour that swept across Toronto and the GTA Wednesday led to several traffic delays and produced shocking images of commuters dealing with the rainfall.

Videos and images surfaced on social media showing vehicles eastbound on Hwy. 401 at Islington almost completely submerged.

Twitter user Sunny Subra, a heavy tow truck operator, posted the shocking images with the caption: “Flooding #Hwy401 EB ramp to Islington. Cars are into the water,” and asked when the rain was going to stop.

Subra recorded a video of car recovery efforts on the 401 that shows a crane lifting a submerged vehicle out of the water to safety.

In another video, the doors to one of the formerly submerged cars are opened showing the water pour out of the ruined, waterlogged interior.

The flooding wasn’t just limited to that stretch of the highway. Twitter user @C_Rutsey posted a video cars splashing though the intersection at St. Clair Avenue West and Jane Street, saying “Crazy flooding all over the roads in Toronto, Took me over an hour and several detours to make it into the office.”

The problems were widespread and included Toronto Fire services. Twitter user @RyanCP23, a Toronto police officer in 23 Division, posted images of a firetruck that had caught on fire during the downpour saying “Just when I thought I’ve seen everything… A fire truck… on fire…”

The storm was the remnants from Hurricane Barry.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority issued a flood warning urging Torontonians to stay away from rivers, shorelines, and boardwalks due to high water levels.

Video of what appeared to be the beginning of funnel clouds forming yesterday was shared on social media as the storm made its way into Toronto.

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