TORONTO UNDER ''SHORELINE HAZARD WARNING'' AS LAKE LEVELS RISE

May 01, 2019

By Bob Komsic

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As the levels in Lake Ontario approach those seen just two years ago, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a ”shoreline hazard warning”.
This warning will remain in place until May 8 at which point officials will reassess the situation.
Currently, the lake level is near 75.5-metres compared to April 2017 when it reached 75.58 metres.
(Toronto Islands 2017/Anna Prodanou)
The TRCA cautions properties along the shoreline and Toronto Islands which experienced flooding that year ”could begin to experience flood impacts” as the level in the lake continues to rise.
Authorities point out Lake Ontario water levels generally keep rising until late May or early June.
But a senior manager of flood risk management at TRCA says the city’s better equipped to deal with flood conditions than it was two years ago.
For example, a number of mitigation measures have been put into place, including strategically placed berms and sump pumps, and more detailed maps of flood-prone areas were developed.
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