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July 16, 2004
Toronto committing further resources to assist Peterborough
The City of Toronto has committed more staff and resources toward the cleanup
effort in Peterborough following yesterday's flooding.

After sending resources to assist Peterborough yesterday, Toronto's Works and
Emergency Services Department has been requested to send the following
additional resources on Monday, July 19:

Solid Waste Management

· Eight large garbage packers (25-cubic yards), with two operators for each
truck (totalling 16 staff persons) and one supervisor
· A solid waste manager will attend the site, determining the extent of garbage
that needs to be collected and length of time required for cleanup

The trucks are available on Monday because there is no residential daytime
garbage collection in Toronto on that day. Four trucks will return to Toronto
on Tuesday, July 20 to collect garbage on the regular Tuesday collection routes
and four trucks will remain in Peterborough.


· Two dump trucks and one operator for each vehicle
· One street flusher and one operator
· One supervisor
· On Monday morning, Toronto staff will assess whether street sweepers will be
effective. If it is determined that they will be useful in this operation, two
street sweepers (and operators) and two sidewalk cleaners (and operators) will
immediately be dispatched from Toronto.

Water and Wastewater

· Two sewer vacuum trucks and two operators

Crews from the City of Toronto will work up to 16-hour shifts and will be
replaced by new crews when their shifts are complete. While in Peterborough,
food for Toronto staff is being provided by the Peterborough Fire Department.

While this commitment to assist the people of Peterborough is substantial, it
is expected that there will be no disruption of regular services for Toronto

Through Toronto's Office of Emergency Management, the City remains in contact
with Peterborough officials and will assess future resource requests as

Media contacts:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Coordinator, Works & Emergency Services,
cell: 416-347-0804



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