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Toronto, May 26 (Canadian-Media): Yesterday’s heavy rainfall of 44.6 millimetres in the city of Toronto had smashed the previous record of 34.3 millimetres set in 1953, reported Environment Canada.
The weather agency said Thursday's heavy rainfall made it the wettest May 25th since precipitation levels started being recorded in 1938.
There had been significant flooding in a number of neighbourhoods and thoroughfares in and out of the city of Toronto, CBCNews reports said.
The east end of the city had been affected by high water levels, aggravated by the level of Lake Ontario, but is receding slowly.
Kew Beach Avenue also faced serious flooding, specifically in the area where it meets Kippendavie Avenue to the south.
According to GO Transit spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins, crews were literally standing by the tracks to prevent flooding on the tracks.
"Customers should really pay close attention all evening to [GO Transit's] Twitter account and their 'On the Go' mobile alerts to keep posted," Aikins said.
"Buses will also take longer and there may be other impacts as well," CBCNews reports said.
Toronto Hydro crews had been responding to several power outage progress in different corners of the city.
City of Toronto spokesperson Wynna Brown said city staff were monitoring road conditions carefully.
"We know that the levels in the lake are very high this year," she said.
The city had announced, earlier this month, that the Toronto Islands would be closed to the general public until, at least, June 30.
The island beaches remain closed and event permits for Toronto Island Park had been cancelled.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)