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May 26, 2017
City of Toronto update on Toronto Island Park and ongoing mitigation efforts
  
Toronto Island Park has sustained further flooding impacts as a result of yesterday's rainfall. City staff continue to monitor conditions on the islands daily, assist residents and implement flood mitigation efforts.

Toronto Island Park remains closed to the general public and ferry service continues to be restricted to residents and authorized personnel only. Staff will make decisions about access and park operations according to conditions. The City continues to work closely with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to monitor water levels. Current levels will take several weeks to subside.

All areas throughout Toronto Island Park that previously experienced flooding are once again substantially compromised by the additional rain. Pumps are being used at full capacity in the residential community, but it is unable to keep up with the heavy influx of water. The City and agencies continue to work with residents to prevent or reduce flooding impacts where feasible and offer assistance as needed.

Road access throughout the islands is closed with the exception of access for authorized emergency vehicles and operational crews. Some Island roads have been flooded, however, emergency services are still able to operate effectively. Residents are cautioned to not drive on flooded roads.

Over 30,000 sandbags have been placed throughout Toronto Island Park, nine industrial pumps are being used to remove surface pooling, and landscaping elements such as armour rock, gravel and earth-moving techniques have been employed where such efforts are needed to mitigate flooding impacts.

Toronto residents whose primary residence has experienced water damage as a result of flooding between mid-April to mid-May may be eligible for financial assistance through the Canadian Red Cross. For more information and to apply, visit http://ow.ly/qJTl30c3fsx.

Ongoing service impacts to Toronto Island Park
• Residents are reminded to stay away from Toronto Island Park, as many of the amenities, such as parks, trails, beaches and businesses are closed due to flooding.
• All permits at Toronto Island Park, up to and including June 30, are cancelled. City staff are working with permit holders to provide any available options for rescheduling or relocation of their events.
• Ferry service remains restricted to residents and authorized personnel only. More information is available at http://bit.ly/2ajhTmw.
• Due to the extremely high water levels, water taxi operators have been notified that significant restrictions have been placed on where taxis can dock on the islands. Water taxis are run by private operators.
• The Toronto District School Board has relocated students from the Toronto Island Public Natural Science School to Nelson Mandela Public School for the remainder of the school year, as per their usual processes.
• All three island beaches are under water and are closed until further notice.
• Centreville remains closed. Staff are monitoring the situation and will work with the operator to open once water levels have receded to safe levels. Updates are available at http://www.centreisland.ca/.
• 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. http://www.portstoronto.com.

Latest flooding impacts and updates throughout the city:

Shoreline areas
The combination of slippery and unstable banks and cold water temperature could create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies. All shorelines, rivers and streams within the GTA should be considered hazardous and the public should exercise caution in these areas. Keep children and pets away from the slippery and unstable banks. Please do not drive in any ponded areas.

As lake levels are expected to continue to rise, TRCA asks residents to exercise caution along lakefront areas while high water levels and wind persist. Elevated lake levels combined with wave activity can make these areas potentially dangerous. Use extra caution when around any water bodies, and stay away from any areas experiencing erosion.

The Scarborough Bluffs area has become saturated with water, making landslides more likely to occur. TRCA has issued a specific warning to members of the public who walk along or up/down the Bluffs and signs have been posted in areas where access is temporarily prohibited. The public notice is available online at https://trca.ca/news/scarborough-bluffs-notice-caution/.

Mainland beaches
Beaches on the mainland are experiencing flooding, particularly the eastern beaches. Some areas such as dog parks, boardwalks, playgrounds, volleyball courts, boathouses, washrooms and other facilities may be inaccessible. Any closed amenities and facilities will likely remain closed throughout the weekend. Residents are cautioned to follow the instructions of any posted signage and avoid areas that are flooded or waterlogged.

The opening of mainland beaches may be delayed due to flooding impacts. Staff are working to address the situation as quickly as they can, however the current estimated date for opening is June 9, subject to weather and beach conditions. Daily beach water quality updates will be available at http://app.toronto.ca/tpha/beaches.html once the beaches have opened. For information about the beach volleyball courts at Ashbridges Bay, contact the Ontario Volleyball Association at info@ontariovolleyball.org.

Fields of play permits
Heavy rain and flooding on fields of play at City parks may result in permits being cancelled. Updated field condition information is available at http://ow.ly/Np1p30c3eIO.

Responding to flooding/erosion emergencies
Residents can use the City's emergency preparedness guide to be prepared for severe weather events and other emergency situations. The guide is available online at http://ow.ly/S3Vw30c4SXp. More information about what to do during emergencies is available at http://www.toronto.ca/oem.

Residents should call 311 immediately to report flooding in their homes or on public property. Toronto Water crews are available 24/7 to respond to flooding calls. Erosion and other shoreline damage from rain or flooding should be reported to TRCA through their website at https://trca.ca/conservation/erosion-management/report-erosion-hazard/.

Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management continues to actively monitor the flooding situation across the city and coordinate resources from amongst City divisions, agencies and other partners as needed. Once water levels throughout the city and Lake Ontario begin to subside, cleanup and restoration efforts will begin.

Information to help residents prepare for extreme weather and weatherproof their homes is available at http://www.toronto.ca/extremeweatherready.

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Media Contact
Wynna Brown
Strategic Communications
416-919-6503
Wynna.Brown@toronto.ca

 

 

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