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One year after an extreme summer rain storm flooded roads, railways and basements across Toronto, the city government marked the event with a reminder to be prepared.
Since the July 8, 2013 storm the city has increased its spending on programs meant to compensate for extreme weather. That includes $3.1 billion over 10 years on improving wastewater and storm water collection systems, according to a news release issued on Tuesday.
The city reminds residents that every home should have the basic supplies for dealing with an emergency:
- Drinking water
- Canned food and a manual can opener
- Batteries for flashlights and radios
- A first aid kit
- Crank or battery operated radio
On July 8, 2014, record rainfall closed transit and roadways, stranded commuters knocked out power in several areas, flooded homes and caused other damage. Scroll through some of The Globe's images from that day. Read Andrew Ryan's account of his 7 1/2-hour GO Train ride home and scroll through some reader images and tweets from the flood.