The Littlest Flood Victim

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As you’ve been reading, hearing, and seeing here, here, and here, Toronto is under water! It’s pretty sobering. This is the second time in roughly as many months that the lower half of the Don Valley Parkway has flooded, which, if you’re at all familiar with Toronto’s roadways, you’ll know that this is a serious problem for getting people in and out of the city. They’re definitely going to have to come up with some way of dealing with this in the future, because something tells me this is only the beginning of weird weather semi-regularly paralyzing the city. At one point, as many as 300,000 households were left without power. And it’s still a mess this morning. Anyway, you’re probably reading this in Regina, and probably aren’t that invested in Toronto, and maybe you’re even feeling a little smug (as a Torontonian transplant to the Queen City, I’ve heard more than my share of Toronto-bashing) so what can we show you that’ll have some other kind of appeal? Hows-about a little snake on a train? This poor little fella must have been very confused after trying to traverse the Don River, only to find himself on a stalled Go-Train en route to Richmond Hill. Prairie Dog might not be so quick with the breaking news, but if there’s a video of a snake trapped on a flooded train, you can bet your rubber boots we’ll bring said video to you.

Author: Wanda Schmöckel

Wanda Schmockel is just trying to get by without shoving. You may follow her on twitter @vschmo

2 thoughts on “The Littlest Flood Victim”

  1. I had a 3-hour flight layover in Toronto on Sunday, and rain came down torrentially during most of it, enough to keep my and others’ connecting flights in a holding pattern before they could land. Monday’s tropical dump was therefore on top of an already hefty accumulation.

  2. I recognize the building in the background, this is very close to where the Occupy Toronto hardcore Occupiers camp was hidden in the Don Valley habitat restoration project. I stayed there for a few months last year. It’s on a former landfill site running through the middle of downtown Toronto, planted over with trees and allowed to grow wild with one of the most polluted rivers in Canada running through it. Whenever it rained heavy we had to evacuate the camp for the day, and sometimes the whole valley was flooded out, and that was from normal rain, friends of mine still in Toronto say the camp was pretty much washed downstream by last weeks storm. But it will come back, because it’s the most awesome place in the universe. It’s like living in the bush, away from civilization, all the buildings blocked out by trees, the odd sound of sirens or the subway that crosses overhead, but still out in the bush with a campfire and a tent, but within walking distance of Toronto’s downtown core, it’s surreal. I have pictures of what was the best hotel I ever stayed in.

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