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August 29, 2005
Hurricane Katrina and possible impact on Toronto
At approximately 6 a.m. today, Hurricane Katrina hit the shores of southeastern
Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with winds of more than 230 kilometres per
hour. Parts of New Orleans were severely flooded and sustained major damages as
a result of the heavy rain and strong winds.

The City of Toronto's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), together with the
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is monitoring the progress of
Hurricane Katrina and the possible impact it might have on the City of Toronto.

Environment Canada says heavy rainfall warnings may be issued for Tuesday night
and Wednesday over Southern or Central Ontario. If the situation changes, the
Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will move to an Enhanced Monitoring mode to
assess and co-ordinate the City's response. Should the remnants of Hurricane
Katrina present a serious threat, the EOC will be activated.

The City will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Media contact:
Brad Ross, City of Toronto Media Relations,
(office) 416-392-8937,
(cell) 416-919-6503



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