This is what Toronto looked like exactly one year ago today (VIDEOS)

Aug 7 2019, 6:13 am

It’s been one year since the Greater Toronto Area was hammered by a slow-moving system that caused widespread flash flooding and power outages in several areas of the city.

At the height of the storm, which dropped close to 100 mm of rain in some areas of Toronto in under three hours, streets were turned into rivers, streetcars were flooded, traffic was paralyzed, and roughly 16,000 residents were left without power due to a loss of supply from Hydro One.

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The loss of power combined with the flooding to result in Toronto Police services responding to numerous emergency calls, including one incident involving two men being trapped inside a rapidly-filling elevator.

At the height of the storm, Toronto Fire Service was responding to 71 emergency calls throughout the GTA, advising the public to be very careful around flooding and around any downed power lines.

Flooding was severe in some areas as rain quickly overwhelmed drainage systems and flooded buildings and condos, roads and underpasses, which left many vehicles trapped and submerged by water.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the storm caused over $80 million in insured damage.

Here are some of the unbelievable pictures and videos of Tuesday’s intense storm shared on social media.

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