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May 6, 2017
City of Toronto continues to manage flooding as weather concerns subside
Environment Canada is predicting lesser amounts of rainfall for the Toronto area over the next 24 hours, approximately one to two millimetres per hour. All rain related alerts for Toronto have ended. While Lake Ontario and watershed levels throughout the city continue to rise, they are doing so at a slower rate.

Based on information from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Environment Canada, the City has no further plans to close the Don Valley Parkway; should conditions change, appropriate response plans will be implemented.

The Scarlett Woods Golf Course is closed today due to overland flooding from the Humber River. All other courses are operating.

After heavy rainfall, stormwater may mix with wastewater and overflows can cause bacteria to enter Lake Ontario. Residents are cautioned to not enter the Lake for 48 hours after a storm. More information about stormwater management and what the City is doing to improve lake water quality is available at

Furthermore, TRCA has issued a warning to members of the public who walk along or up/down the Scarborough Bluffs and waterfront areas – the Bluffs have become saturated with water, making landslides more likely to occur. Signs have been posted in areas where access is temporarily prohibited. The public notice is available online at

City crews will continue monitoring for excessive ponding and flooding, clearing catch basins and patrolling low-lying areas that have been susceptible to flooding in the past. Residents are asked to call 311 to report any instances of road flooding. Residents can assist by removing debris from catch basins on local roads.

The City and agencies continue to work with residents to prevent or minimize flooding and related problems. To date, 4,000 sandbags have been placed on shorelines throughout the city and the Toronto Islands, removal of debris deposited along waterfronts by the storm will take place throughout today. Over 200 basement flooding calls have been attended to by crews.

Residents should call 311 immediately to report basement flooding. Crews are available 24/7 to respond to flooding calls. Be sure to call Toronto Hydro at 416-542-8000 to request a power shut-off to avoid shock or electrocution in the event that water has risen above outlets, near the electrical panel, etc. Basement flooding prevention tips and more information about subsidies available through the City's Basement Flooding Protection Program, are available at

Ferry service to Toronto Island Park remains under the following restrictions:
• Service and access to Toronto Island Park is restricted to required individuals only, such as residents, staff and emergency personnel.
• Service to Centre Island and Hanlan's Point docks is cancelled.
• Service to Ward's Island dock operates on the spring schedule with no changes.

City services and facilities in Toronto Island Park are currently closed or operating at reduced levels until further notice. The City continues to support Toronto Island residents. Updates and further information are available at or by calling 311.

Five City-managed beaches have already experienced flooding this week and public access to and use of these areas is restricted.

For the most up-to-date weather information, visit Environment Canada’s website at

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

More information on the City's preparation for the heavy rainfall is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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Wynna Brown
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