This video presents “Toronto flood cleanup.”

  • Sat, Jul 13: Some Torontonians are in the midst of cleaning up after heavy rains earlier this week. And as Sean O’Shea reports, the hardest hit residents are now wondering who will pay the rebuilding costs.

City of Toronto Progressing on Flood Cleanup

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Due to the severe storm on July 8, the City divisions underwent a massive cleanup of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Here are some important considerations regarding Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management Services, and health and safety when cleaning up a basement that is or has recently flooded.

  • They are making good progress, with 97 percent of basement flooding investigations completed and Solid Waste Services back to regularly scheduled collection.
  • Toronto Water

    • As of this morning (July 26), Toronto Water has received 4,509 calls regarding basement flooding and/or blocked sewers related to the July 8 storm.
      • Toronto Water has attended more than 97 percent of the locations, with 128 remaining.
    • For erosion complaints, the City and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are working together to investigate.
      • Because of the severity of the storm there has been a high number of erosion complaints.
      • Responding to erosion complaints will take some time.
      • They will provide an update once the City and TRCA have a more complete understanding of the extent of the damage.
    • Residents are invited to learn more about the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Subsidy Protection Program which offers a financial subsidy to residents who isolate their home from the City’s sewer system.
      • For more info about basement flooding, including prevention tips, visit toronto.ca/water.
  • Solid Waste Management Services

    • As of July 23, Solid Waste Management was back to regularly scheduled garbage, Blue Bin (recycling), Green Bin (organics) and leaf/yard waste collection.
    • Due to the large amount of waste material generated by flooding, some areas west of Yonge Street may experience delays in the collection of garbage and yard waste.
    • Materials should be left at the curb and crews will continue collection on Saturday.
      • Residents are reminded that items that would never fit in your Garbage Bin, even when empty, are considered oversized/bulky.
      • These items can be left next to your Garbage Bin for FREE regular pickup, without requiring tags or special arrangements.
      • The City regularly collects these items in a separate truck for reuse, recycling or disassembling at no cost and keeps them out of the landfill.
    • Follow your collection calendar for set-out days and requirements and check Waste Wizard, the online search tool at http://app.toronto.ca/wes/winfo/search.do, or call 311 if you are unsure of how to properly dispose of waste materials.
  • Toronto Public Health reminds people to be mindful of health and safety when cleaning up a basement that is or has recently flooded.

    • When cleaning up a flooded basement, you could be exposed to sewage, hazardous building materials and mould.
    • Toronto Public Health also advises the public against picking up contaminated furniture, toys and other materials that have been discarded by residents of flood affected properties.
    • Please click here for more information about what to do after a flood.
Above, a lane will be named Douglas Campbell Lane.

Above, a lane will be named Douglas Campbell Lane.

Toronto Alerts

Lane-Naming Ceremony for Douglas Campbell in Harbord Village Community

FREE

July 28

11 a.m.

Harbord Village (Robert Street north of College Street, near Lord Landsdowne School)

  • Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity Spadina) will join community members for a lane-naming ceremony on Sunday to honour Douglas Campbell, a Brunswick Avenue resident for many years who was an actor and member of the original Stratford Festival company.
Above, a lane will be named Alan Powell Lane.

Above, a lane will be named Alan Powell Lane.

Lane-Naming for Alan Powell in Toronto’s Harbord Village Community

FREE

July 28

12:30 p.m.

Harbord Village (between Borden Street and Brunswick Avenue)

  • Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity Spadina) will join community members for a lane-naming ceremony to honour Alan Powell, a University of Toronto professor, social activist and promoter of the arts in Canada.

Mosquitoes in Toronto Test Positive for West Nile Virus

  • Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received a lab report indicating mosquitoes in Toronto have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
    • This is the first positive test for West Nile Virus in Toronto this year.
  • Although the risk of becoming infected is low, protection against mosquito bites can further reduce this risk.
  • TPH reminds residents to take the following precautions now and throughout the summer to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
    • Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat when outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
    • Use insect repellent approved by Health Canada and follow product instructions.
    • Remove standing water from property where mosquitoes can breed.
    • Maintain screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • TPH has 43 mosquito traps throughout the city and submits mosquitoes for laboratory testing every week.
    • As part of the City of Toronto’s West Nile Virus mosquito-reduction program, catch basins and other areas of standing water are treated with larvicide to reduce mosquito breeding.
  • West Nile Virus was first discovered in Toronto in 2001. In 2012, TPH reported 100 positive mosquito pools and 94 human cases.

Three-week Closure of Toronto’s Richmond and York Street Intersection: July 26 – August 17

  • Suggested alternative routes for private vehicles are Queen Street West, Wellington Street West and King Street West.
  • Pedestrian access to sidewalks will be maintained.
  • Also, there is the T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work across the city.
TTC's image: Bus Diversion Routes During Pape Station Closure.

TTC’s image: Bus Diversion Routes During Pape Station Closure.

Bloor-Danforth Subway – Pape Station Closure August 19-30

  • The station will re-open on Sat., Aug. 31.
  • During the closure, subway trains will not stop at Pape Station.
    • There will be announcements on board the trains to advise customers of the changes to bus routings that normally serve the station.
    • The bus diversions are as follows.
      • 72 Pape Bus:
        1. Northbound buses will operate to Broadview Station via Danforth Ave.
          • Customers who normally start their subway trip at Pape Station can board a 72 Pape bus at the northwest corner of Danforth Ave. and Pape Ave., and ride to Broadview Station.
        2. On its return trip, it will travel north on Broadview Ave., east on Mortimer Ave., then south on Pape Ave. and back to route.
          • Customers who normally end their trip at Pape Station can exit the train at Broadview Station and take a 72 Pape bus to Pape Ave.
      • 81 Thorncliffe Park Bus: Buses will use Donlands Station, via Pape Ave. and Danforth Ave.
        • Customers who normally start their subway trip at Pape Station can board an 81 Thorncliffe Park bus across the street from the Pape Station entrance and ride to Donlands Station.
        • Customers who normally end their trip at Pape Station can exit at Donlands Station and take an 81 Thorncliffe Park bus to Pape Ave.
      • 25 Don Mills Bus: Buses will operate to and from Donlands Station, via Donlands Ave.
  • During the closure, floors, stairs, finishes, ceilings and the new bus waiting area will be worked on.
    • Elevators, bike parking and landscaping will be fully completed in October.
    • By December, the second exit will be completed.
  • For more information about the closure, bus diversions and construction, please visit pape.ttc.ca.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service.
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily.

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays.

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

July 26, 2013

City of Toronto progressing on storm cleanup

The City of Toronto is continuing to work hard on the cleanup required as a result of the severe storm on July 8. Despite the unprecedented rainfall, City divisions are making good progress, with 97 per cent of basement flooding investigations completed and Solid Waste back to regularly scheduled collection.

As residents and businesses continue to clean up flood related damage on their own property, this update also provides information on managing potential health risks associated with flooding.

Toronto Water
– As of this morning (July 26), Toronto Water has received 4,509 calls regarding basement flooding and/or blocked sewers related to the July 8 storm. Toronto Water has attended more than 97 per cent of the locations, with 128 remaining.
– For erosion complaints, the City and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are working together to investigate. Because of the severity of the storm there have been a high number of erosion complaints. Responding to erosion complaints will take some time. We will provide an update once the City and TRCA have a more complete understanding of the extent of the damage.
– Residents are invited to learn more about the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Subsidy Protection Program, which offers a financial subsidy to residents who isolate their home from the City’s sewer system. For more information about basement flooding, including prevention tips, visit toronto.ca/water.

Solid Waste Management Services
– As of July 23, Solid Waste was back to regularly scheduled garbage, Blue Bin (recycling), Green Bin (organics) and leaf/yard waste collection.
– Due to the large amount of waste material generated by flooding on July 8, some areas west of Yonge Street may experience delays in the collection of garbage and yard waste. Materials should be left at the curb and crews will continue collection on Saturday.
– Residents are reminded that items that would never fit in your Garbage Bin, even when empty, are considered oversized/bulky. These items can be left next to your Garbage Bin for free regular pickup, without requiring tags or special arrangements. The City regularly collects these items in a separate truck for reuse, recycling or disassembling at no cost and keeps them out of the landfill.
– Follow your collection calendar for set-out days and requirements and check Waste Wizard, the online search tool at http://app.toronto.ca/wes/winfo/search.do, or call 311 if you are unsure of how to properly dispose of waste materials.

Toronto Public Health reminds people to be mindful of health and safety when cleaning up a basement that is or has recently flooded.

When cleaning up a flooded basement, you could be exposed to sewage, hazardous building materials and mould. Toronto Public Health also advises the public against picking up contaminated furniture, toys and other materials that have been discarded by residents of flood affected properties. More information about what to do after a flood can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/health/flooding.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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