Flood? What flood?
It’s amazing how much the weather can vary within a few kilometres, as demonstrated by the storm that drenched much of the GTA.
Laugh at me for being clued out, but I never heard a thing about the torrential downpour until about 8.30 last night, and was astounded at the scale of the flooding and power outages.
My excuse is that I live along the Scarborough Bluffs, where we had only a sprinkle of rain and some ominous sounding thunder, around five p.m., while the skies opened up on the opposite side of the city.
While driving my 13-year-old son home on the 401 from hockey school at Chesswood Arena, near Allen
Rd. and Sheppard Ave., I pointed out some dark clouds northeast of us around 4 p.m. and told him it looked like we could get a spot of rain.
What else is new? Seldom does more than a day or two go by without another rainfall. It is the wettest year I can remember in a long time.
The sky darkened and the thunder started just before five, not long before my wife got home from work. She’d been listening to reports of unusually heavy rain falling during the rush hour, but didn’t see much between Coxwell and Queen, where she works, and the eastern end of the bluffs, where we
She wanted to go back out to the grocery store but hesitated, saying all that rain was supposed to be coming our way, and she didn’t want to get caught in it.
I hadn’t listened to the radio or checked thestar.com for a couple hours before she got home and had no idea what was going on, so I kidded her about fearing a little rain.
When I finally turned on the car radio while on my way to Ajax at 8.30 and found out that hundreds of people were stranded in a GO train and in the subways, and that roads all over the west side of the city were flooded, it was a surprise, to say the least.
Based on what I saw – or didn’t – it was unbelievable that parts of Toronto only a few kilometres away had more than 100 millimetres of rain, most of which fell in under two hours.
Even then, if you’d have told me the one-day rainfall record was in jeopardy, I’d have laughed.
For once, Scarborough was on the good side of the news.