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Toronto considering evacuation of Islands due to rising water levels

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Lloyd Braun May 03, 2017 11:51 pm 849

The City was forced to temporarily suspend ferry service to Hanlan’s Point yesterday after water levels in Lake Ontario reached their highest point since the early 1990s.

Now, with a two-day downpour expected to commence this afternoon, the City is considering an all-out evacuation of the Toronto islands.

The move would affect around 700 residents who live on the Islands, which have seen the majority of their parks, beach areas, and roads submerged in water. Even bathrooms have already been subject to flooding, and most services and facilities at Toronto Island are currently either closed or operating under restricted levels.

Here’s a photo from the City of Toronto archives shows flooding on the Island in 1908:

Environment Canada has issued a Rainfall Warning with 40-70 mm of rain expected today through Saturday – stay dry out there, folks, and call 311 should you witness or be victim of serious flooding.

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Lloyd Braun
I used to sell computers, now I write for them.

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