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August 23, 2005
Sewage leak in Highland Creek contained
City of Toronto workers brought in heavy equipment overnight to divert the
Highland Creek and stop the flow of sewage from entering the creek. A
forty-eight inch diameter pipe within the creek had broken during the heavy
storms on Friday.

City workers have implemented a temporary repair to ensure that the flow of
sewage from the broken pipe re-enters the system without leaking into the creek
or surrounding areas. A pit and laneway were dug out to permit the flow of
sewage to continue into the pipe system. The temporary repair will be
supported with additional protective measures today and maintained until a
permanent repair is put in place.

Mayor David Miller thanked staff for their work. “The quick actions of city
staff have stopped any further damage from occurring,” said Mayor Miller. “The
priority for the City is to make any areas affected by the flood safe and
return services in affected areas to normal as quickly as possible. The
cooperation and patience of residents is greatly appreciated,” said the Mayor.

The City has consulted with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Ministry of
Natural Resources, Toronto Public Health, Federal Department of Fisheries and
Oceans and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority in establishing the plan
for the repair.

City of Toronto engineers are now working to design the permanent repair.
Morningside Park remains closed to permit the repairs to proceed.

Media contact:

Kevin Sack
City of Toronto
Corporate Communications



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