City of Toronto Continuing to Prepare for High Lake Levels
Climate change and the resulting extreme weather have been acutely felt on the Toronto Islands and along our waterfront. We have seen record-breaking flooding events over the last three years, with more record high water levels anticipated again this year. An annual sandbagging effort cannot be a long-term solution.
- The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has assigned a response team to focus on the 2020 flood season and coordinate the City's response with our partners.
- All TRCA flood mitigation projects for Toronto's Waterfront and Toronto Islands are categorized as "essential" business in the Province of Ontario's recent direction. These works are continuing with appropriate public health recommended separation protocols for workers.
- On Toronto Islands, the Wards Island beach curb east of Wards dock is complete. The beach curb west of the dock will be completed over the next 2 weeks.
- Urgent raising of roads to maintain emergency access in two priority locations is underway: a 300m stretch of Lake Shore Blvd near Gibraltar Point, and a 200m stretch on Cibola Avenue near the Fire Hall. Two weeks of preparatory work began on Monday, and construction will follow.
- Engineering assessment work on the sea wall at Algonquin Island continues and will determine a berm or raised wall solution.
- Flood Mapping of different lake level elevations have been produced to inform Emergency Management planning.