However, the city’s Parks, Forestry and
Recreation budget plan only allocate funds for about 13 per cent of the repair
Currently, the capital funding includes
$3.5 million to repair flood and wind damage, while the remaining $24.7 million
“cannon be accommodated” within the Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s 10-year
debt targets, according to recommendation presented before Mayor John Tory’s
"We're trying to make sure that no
further infrastructure is lost," said Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority's waterfront specialist Nancy Gaffney.
Tory emphasized that he’s committed to
repairing the weather-related damage and protecting the waterfront from future
storms—noting that the current 2018 repair budget is the “maximum amount of
work staff believe will be able to get done in one year.”
"We fully expect the additional
funding for repairs will be approved as part of the 2019 budget debate,"
Tory said in a statement obtained by CBC Toronto.
Many Canadians are quite vulnerable to
flood but might not be fully aware. This is at least partly because flood is
almost universally viewed by property owners as a phenomenon associated only
with rivers, creeks, streams and the likes. However, with New Brunswick
experiencing firsthand the devastating
impacts of flooding this spring, flooding can happen virtually any
Burst and broken pipes are cause indoor
flooding and leave major infrastructure damage in homes and businesses.
Launched early July, the Toronto Home Resilience Pilot Program, is a pilot
project providing flood risk assessments for homeowners—pointing to the need to
utilize quality Toronto plumbing services
to prevent “avoidable” indoor flooding.
“Unfortunately, places that aren’t
insulated well where water lines are freezing and with that nice weather we’re
having they’re thawing and we’re having flooding,” said Richard Welder, owner
of Blue Wave Plumbing in a report.
In April, Toronto’s waterfront took a severe
hit when a fierce windstorm ripped through southern Ontario.
The storm increased the cost of shoreline
damage—amounting to additional $11.8 million in repair costs to the already expensive
price tag, the report showed. Majority of the damage was caused by mammoth
waves that hit record-setting heights, the tallest ever recorded in Lake
Ontario since recording began 45 years ago.
"The damage sustained during this 24-hour
period is of the same magnitude of the entirety of the flood event from
2017," the report read.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation officials
declined to comment on the budget shortfall, saying in a statement that
"without repair, shoreline structures and waterfront parks are vulnerable
to increased damages and public safety risk."
Bluffer’s Park in Scarborough is urgently
in need of $300,00 in repair costs to its aging infrastructure to combat riding
water levels, explained Gaffney.
"If waves continue to beat up that
particular part of the shoreline, it may actually breach through into the
interior embankment where all the boats in the marina are," she told CBC
"While it may not seem too much of an issue at first glance ... big winds come through and if it breaches that whole peninsula we could see a lot of damage and increased work having to be done if it starts pulling apart the whole area and all the infrastructure associated with it."
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