Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Situation in Toronto

I don't want to add to the speculation that this weekend's Hondy Indy Toronto 2inTO might be in jeopardy. As the CBC and other news agencies have documented, storms and massive flooding has compromised the city's safety and the well being of its citizens. People have been stranded in the airport and subway systems of the city. As many as 300,00o people are without power. Toronto experienced the largest single day rainfall since 1954.

So this begs the question, what is the status of the Indycar races this weekend? On track activity is scheduled to begin Friday morning, with a race on Saturday and a race on Sunday. But the question is, should Indycar and the city postpone the race until next weekend when the city has time to recover from this unforeseen incident? The safety of citizens and the well being of the city of Toronto come way before Indycar and a race that can be put off a week. The next scheduled Indycar event isn't till August 4th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, so even if the race were to be put off a week, teams and staff would still get a valuable week off of work.

No comment has been made from Indycar on the situation or the condition of the track and its facilities. As of now, everything remains on schedule. Here are some of the photos that have been taken:

Photo: Winston Neutel / AP

Photo: Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press

Monday  July 8  2013 — Heavy afternoon rain and a severe thunderstorm created nightmares for commu...
Photo: Mark Watmough

A man looks over a flood on the Don Valley Parkway, a major highway, during a heavy rainstorm in Toronto, July 8, 2013. A severe thunderstorm forced the shutdown of Toronto's subways, cut power to 300,000 in Canada's largest city and caused Porter Airlines to cancel all flights out of the downtown airport on Monday evening. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Photo: Reuters

 Heidi Marrin walks in flood waters on the Don Valley Parkway, a major highway, during a heavy rainstorm in Toronto, July 8, 2013.A severe thunderstorm forced the shutdown of Toronto's subways, cut power to 300,000 in Canada's largest city and caused Porter Airlines to cancel all flights out of the downtown airport on Monday evening. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Photo: Reuters

Thoughts and prayers with everyone in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada experiencing hardships at this time. 

-Matthew Hickey

1 comment:

  1. Toronto will be ok, Rest Easy. As of this AM, most of the transit was back running, and while the power is still out in parts of the west end, It should be back up by tomorrow to Thursday from what I heard from a friend in Etobicoke, who is one of the last ones without power. The show goes on...this was nothing, and if you don't believe me, look at the damage the floods in Alberta did in June....this was one day of weird rain and yes, some discomfort, but no one lost their lives, and things will get back to normal. Most of the city never saw that much rain....

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