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August 21, 2005
City of Toronto update on roads affected by flooding
The following is an update on repairs to major roads that were affected by
flooding on Friday.

Finch Avenue West, past Sentinel A meeting of City officials, TTC, police,
utility operators and engineering personnel took place this morning to further
examine the road condition and the work that will be required to begin road
replacement. Securing the slope and returning services to the area that were
supplied by underground utilities continues to be the first priority. Water
services have been restored and Bell Canada continues to work on restoring
phone service to affected residents. A detour through the area will be
established and signage placed where required to direct vehicle and pedestrian
traffic. The City advises all residents to stay away from the area, respect all
barriers and follow directions on signage. It is not safe for residents to walk
down into the area. Although the weather outside may now be dry the soil and
slope in the area continues to be unstable. The replacement of the road will be
done as quickly as possible but is expected to take many months. Further
updates will be provided.

Military Trail at Ellesmere Road construction repair work will begin tomorrow
and is expected to be completed by Friday August 26, 2005.

Steeles Avenue East (east of Markham Road) repair work is now completed and the
road is open to traffic.

Steeles Avenue West (east of Dufferin Street) two lanes in each direction and
the sidewalks are expected to be open tomorrow morning (August 22) at 6 a.m.
The curb lanes in each direction will remain closed. Inspection of the bridge
will continue this afternoon and this evening.

City staff will continue clean-up work throughout the City. In addition,
ongoing inspections of city underpasses and bridges continue. Where repairs are
required it is expected that the work will be done without major interruption
to traffic in these areas.

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 416-338-9999.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack,
City of Toronto,
Media Relations,



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