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August 20, 2005
Statement by Mayor David Miller - Toronto responds to flooding
Toronto Mayor David Miller, today, issued a statement thanking City emergency
services personnel and City staff for their excellent response to the flooding
in parts of Toronto last night.

"There were over 1,700 calls to 9-1-1 between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
yesterday - the City's emergency services and the staff that manage our water,
transportation, hydro and forests did a fantastic job of keeping the public
safe and protecting the assets of the City," said Mayor Miller.

"The effects of that much water on City streets and rivers over such a short
time-frame made the actions of first responders that much more challenging. The
service of dedicated staff is appreciated at all times, but is even more
critical during significant events such as last night."

"Emergency services personnel were involved in a number of rescues,
evacuations and emergency pumping operations and their work prevented serious
injuries or death. On behalf of all of the residents of Toronto, I wish to
thank staff for their work during the evening. The co-operation of the public
was also appreciated during the response," said Mayor Miller.

With flooding now beginning to recede, parts of expressways that were
closed last night will be opened when declared safe by officials. City staff
will continue clean-up work throughout the weekend. The City of Toronto
maintains a 7-day/24 hour phone line (416-392-5555) for residents to report
incidents of flooding or other damage to expressways. During regular business
hours, assistance with problems on roads and sidewalks may be obtained at

Residents are reminded to stay away from flooded areas including
creeks and rivers and not attempt to drive through water that is too high to
safely pass.

Kevin Sack,
City of Toronto,
Media Relations,



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