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August 10, 2008
City of Toronto ends evacuations and directs orderly return
The City of Toronto has announced that the evacuation undertaken today after the Murray Road explosion and fire has ended.

Residents not at the evacuation centre will be directed by police on the re-entry into the area. Over the next few hours residents can begin returning home. It is critical that residents follow the directions of police to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved.

Over the next several hours, residents at the evacuation centre will be escorted to their homes from the evacuation centre and, where homes have been damaged to the point where a resident cannot re-enter their home, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration staff will assist in their return to the evacuation centre for further assistance. The evacuation centre will remain open overnight to provide accommodation if necessary and TTC will provide residents with transportation.

Police will patrol the affected area with an increased presence.

It is expected that by now all hydro service south of Wilson to the 401 and Dufferin to the CN tracks have been restored. However, power on five streets will be restored transformer by transformer. They are Garratt Boulevard, Plewes Road, Spalding Road, Regent Road and Katherine Road. The final step will be to restore power on Wilson Avenue, which is expected to be completed tonight.

With the power having been off for the day, residents are reminded to ensure food in the fridge is safe to eat. If in doubt, throw it out.

Gas was turned off in the area from Dufferin Street to Murray Road and Hanover Road to Wilson Ave. Enbridge Gas is working to restore the gas supply to the area, and will be going from house to house to ensure it is safe to turn the gas back on. Restoration of gas services could take days to restore and residents are asked to be patient.

Highway 401 is now almost fully re-opened with the exception of the northbound Allen Road, Keele Street, and Dufferin Street exits to permit ongoing investigations. These exits will be open in the next few hours as well.

TTC service will be fully-restored by tomorrow morning.

All of the City’s emergency services and all operating divisions worked extraordinarily hard today under very difficult circumstance and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this event.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6500 (cell)



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