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July 26, 2013
City of Toronto progressing on storm cleanup
  
The City of Toronto is continuing to work hard on the cleanup required as a result of the severe storm on July 8. Despite the unprecedented rainfall, City divisions are making good progress, with 97 per cent of basement flooding investigations completed and Solid Waste back to regularly scheduled collection.

As residents and businesses continue to clean up flood related damage on their own property, this update also provides information on managing potential health risks associated with flooding.

Toronto Water
- As of this morning (July 26), Toronto Water has received 4,509 calls regarding basement flooding and/or blocked sewers related to the July 8 storm. Toronto Water has attended more than 97 per cent of the locations, with 128 remaining.
- For erosion complaints, the City and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are working together to investigate. Because of the severity of the storm there have been a high number of erosion complaints. Responding to erosion complaints will take some time. We will provide an update once the City and TRCA have a more complete understanding of the extent of the damage.
- Residents are invited to learn more about the City of Toronto's Basement Flooding Subsidy Protection Program, which offers a financial subsidy to residents who isolate their home from the City's sewer system. For more information about basement flooding, including prevention tips, visit toronto.ca/water.

Solid Waste Management Services
- As of July 23, Solid Waste was back to regularly scheduled garbage, Blue Bin (recycling), Green Bin (organics) and leaf/yard waste collection.
- Due to the large amount of waste material generated by flooding on July 8, some areas west of Yonge Street may experience delays in the collection of garbage and yard waste. Materials should be left at the curb and crews will continue collection on Saturday.
- Residents are reminded that items that would never fit in your Garbage Bin, even when empty, are considered oversized/bulky. These items can be left next to your Garbage Bin for free regular pickup, without requiring tags or special arrangements. The City regularly collects these items in a separate truck for reuse, recycling or disassembling at no cost and keeps them out of the landfill.
- Follow your collection calendar for set-out days and requirements and check Waste Wizard, the online search tool at http://app.toronto.ca/wes/winfo/search.do, or call 311 if you are unsure of how to properly dispose of waste materials.

Toronto Public Health reminds people to be mindful of health and safety when cleaning up a basement that is or has recently flooded.

When cleaning up a flooded basement, you could be exposed to sewage, hazardous building materials and mould. Toronto Public Health also advises the public against picking up contaminated furniture, toys and other materials that have been discarded by residents of flood affected properties. More information about what to do after a flood can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/health/flooding.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Toronto Water: Ellen Leesti, Senior Communications Coordinator
416-397-1403
eleesti@toronto.ca

Solid Waste: Siobhan Ramsay, Senior Communications Coordinator
416-397-5001
sramsay@toronto.ca

Toronto Public Health: Kris Scheuer, Health Promotion Consultant
416-338-8020
kscheue@toronto.ca

 

 

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