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As news spread of what transit spokesman Jessica Martin on Saturday called the site's worst recent flooding, photo funsters posted altered pictures on Twitter that showed Ford surrounded by sharks in the flood halls of Union Station, among other things.
"People were calling and telling me about the shark photos," Martin said, 12 hours after service resumed around 10:30 p.m. Friday. "It generated a lot of interest."
The popular meme also included pics of Ford cannon-balling - after a pool event photo was overlaid on one of a flooded subway platform - as well as one modeled after the famous Jaws movie poster showing a giant shark attacking a swimmer. Another inserted Titanic stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio wading through water inside Union Station's concourse.
At Union Station on Saturday, Ford praised the "absolutely phenomenal job" by staff and Toronto firefighters, who brought pumper trucks to clear the water.
The Toronto Transit Commission also provided 104 shuttle buses and transit GO train service was delayed only 30 minutes.
As heavy rain fell, some subway passengers were briefly stranded as water gushed down stairs at the busy train complex, rising up to 60 cm.
Some subway trains were halted for about 10 hours.
About 200,000 passengers pass through Union each day but Martin couldn't cite the number affected Friday, although ridership was larger than during normal afternoon rush-hour due to the Toronto Blue Jays playing the Boston Red Sox in nearby Rogers Centre.
"I've never seen that kind of water," Martin said.