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July 15, 2004
Toronto lends helping hand to Peterborough
In an effort to ease the strain on resources in Peterborough, the site of
severe flooding, the City of Toronto has offered assistance from the Office of
Emergency Management, Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services and Water and
Wastewater Services.

This afternoon, Peterborough made a formal request for assistance, resulting in
the immediate deployment of a supervisor and eight-person crew from the City of
Toronto Water and Wastewater Services Division, along with four vehicles and
pumps to work through the night, draining flooded basements. It is estimated
that there are approximately 400 - 500 flooded basements in the area.

The City of Toronto's Office of Emergency Management has already sent one staff
person to act as a liaison between Peterborough and the City of Toronto, to
help facilitate any further requests for assistance.

Tomorrow morning, Fire Services will be sending 12 staff and four vehicles to
aid the local fire department. In addition, a second eight-person team from
Water and Wastewater Services will relieve the crew sent this evening.

At this time, the City of Peterborough has not made any requests for assistance
from Emergency Medical Services, however, through the Office of Emergency
Management, the City of Toronto remains in contact and ready for any further
requests for assistance from Peterborough during this emergency.

Media contact:
Mike Price, General Manager, Water and Wastewater Services,



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