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June 9, 2017
Public safety information and update on flooding conditions along waterfront areas
While stabilizing, water levels in Lake Ontario remain high. Even with optimal conditions, it is expected to take several weeks for water levels in the lake to subside and to see improvement. Members of the public are asked to note the following safety information and updates on flooding conditions on Toronto Island and along the city's waterfront areas:

Scarborough Bluffs and waterfront areas – public safety advisory
The Scarborough Bluffs are saturated with water and the area is unstable. There has been significant erosion in the area and numerous landslides. The risk to public safety in this area is significant. Access to the shoreline is restricted. Members of the public are urged to obey all signage and notices and to avoid areas and access points that are restricted. More information is available on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's (TRCA) website at Entry into restricted areas is trespassing, with potential fines of up to $10,000; other charges may also apply. If members of the public see anyone entering restricted areas they are asked to immediately contact the Toronto Police Service. In an emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 416-808-2222.

Residents are reminded to exercise caution along all waterfront areas. Elevated lake levels combined with wave activity can make those areas slippery and unstable. The public should exercise caution in these areas. Keep children and pets away from the slippery and unstable banks. Residents should be aware of their surroundings and not enter areas experiencing erosion or with other cautionary signage.

Mainland beaches – limited operations
All 11 City-managed swimming beaches have been impacted by flooding and high water levels. Large sections of many beaches remain underwater. City staff continue to monitor water levels and beach conditions closely, however, beach operations are not expected to be fully in place until Canada Day.

The three components of beach operations are: water quality testing, supervision, and maintenance, grooming and amenities. The City’s water quality testing program is fully up and running and available online: Some beaches have limited supervision and maintenance. For current information on beach status, visit the City's website at:

Toronto Island Park – remains closed/no ferry service for general public
Water levels remain high and more than 40 per cent of Toronto Island Park is still under water. More than 45,000 sandbags and 1,000 metre bags (large capacity bags) have been placed on the Park. Twenty-seven pumps, including nine industrial pumps, are being used to remove surface pooling.

Continuing service impacts on the islands include:
• Ferry service continues to be restricted to island residents and authorized individuals only.
• City-run recreation programs on Toronto Island Park are also cancelled through to July 31. City staff will work with parents/caregivers on a case-by-case basis to find accommodations in other programs or issue refunds if needed.
• Cancellation of all permits for Toronto Island Park is currently in place until July 31. Any available options for rescheduling or relocating events is being sought. Permits that cannot be rescheduled or relocated will be refunded through the usual processes. Permit holders should call 311 for assistance.
• Roads throughout the islands remain waterlogged – residents are cautioned to not drive into waterlogged/flooded roads.
• Centreville remains closed. Updates are available at
• Billy Bishop Airport is operating as usual. Passengers are always encouraged to check flight status before heading to the airport to ensure that their flight is on schedule.

Further information
City of Toronto staff continue to monitor flood conditions and implement mitigation efforts across the city's waterfront areas to reduce impacts. The City continues to work closely with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to monitor water levels.

The City is maintaining a website detailed with information regarding the flooding impacts throughout Toronto, public health risks associated with flooding and much more. Visit

Information to help residents prepare for extreme weather and weatherproof their homes is available at

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