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Flooding rains shut down major Toronto highway

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:15 AM - Wednesday in Toronto can be described in one word. Wet!

An onset of quick, heavy rain resulted in major flooding of the Don Valley Parkway Wednesday night.

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Officials say underpasses were submerged as the water rose at around 10 pm.

A Toronto subway station was also shut down due to the rising waters.

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Officials say the DVP was fully cleaned and had re-opened by 6 am Thursday, but commuting frustrations continued after GO Transit was forced to cancel several trains due to damage from the overnight storms.

At one point, fire crews were called in to rescue drivers left stranded in their cars. A couple of kayakers also had to be rescued from the Humber River, some clinging onto trees waiting for rescue workers to reach them.

Over 70 mm of rain was recorded in parts of the city, while Toronto's Pearson International Airport picked up only 20 mm.

Conditions will gradually improve through the day on Thursday, with plenty of sunshine expected to kick off the weekend.

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