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August 26, 2005
City continues clean up and repair efforts
The City of Toronto continues to clean up and repair areas that experienced
flooding and subsequent damage as a result of last Friday's storm.

City waste collection crews continue to pick-up flood-damaged items in the area
north of the 401, from Bayview Avenue to Midland Avenue, concentrated in the
areas immediately east and west of Victoria Park. Extra resources were
dedicated to meet collection demands in the impacted areas.

"Crews have been working hard to pick-up flood damaged items from residents
affected by last Friday's storm, with the most affected areas receiving a
second pick-up this week," said Councillor Shelley Carroll, Chair of the Works

In other areas of the city, flood-related waste has been collected as part of
routine curbside collection and no significant increase in volume has been

"City crews will continue to assist residents and businesses with initial
flood-related cleanup of water and removal of debris from basements," said
Carroll. "To-date, the call centre has received 1274 calls regarding basement
flooding and has already responded to more than 800 of them."

The City does not have a program to compensate homeowners for damage as a
result of flooding. Homeowners with flood damage are being encouraged to
contact their insurance companies to file a claim.

Several City parks and facilities also sustained damages as a result of the
storm and flooding. Parks staff have dedicated many hours to the removal of
fallen tree limbs from roadways, parking lots, pathways and parks. Clean up and
repair efforts are still ongoing.

Finch Avenue remains closed between Sentinel Road and Tobermory Drive and is
not expected to open for many months. Residents travelling in the area of the
closure are being asked to use Sheppard Avenue or Steeles Avenue as an
alternate route.

"Whenever possible, we'd like residents to use these major roads instead of the
temporary detour route that has been created," said Carroll. "The detour route
should only be used for those who need to get directly to residences in that
community. By using Sheppard Avenue and Steeles Avenue, we can improve the
overall flow of traffic and significantly reduce the amount of traffic that
travels through the residential area."

"Residents have been very patient and understanding as staff continue to clean
up and repair affected areas and restore services to normal levels as soon as
possible," added Carroll. "We'd like to say thank you."

Media contacts:
Councillor Shelley Carroll, Works Committee Chair,



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