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Toronto, May 18 (Canadian-Media): The flooding severely affected businesses and residents on the Toronto Islands and has forced the relocation of the Island Public School, media reports said.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) stated that for the remainder of the school year, students and staff at Island Public School (IPS) and Natural Science School (NSS) will be relocated to Nelson Mandela Park Public School on the mainland, CTVNews reports said.
The TDSB reported that although the school itself is dry, rising water levels had affected the roadways to and from the ferry docks and with restricted public access to Toronto Island Park. had been restricted.
Beaches on Hanlan’s Point, Gibraltar Point and Centre Island had been closed, due to the rising water levels, until further notice and Centreville amusement park is closed for the Victoria Day long weekend.
“Because the road from the ferry to the school itself is washed out under three feet of water, we felt it wasn’t safe for the kids to transport back and forth over the next little while,” said TDSB Vice-Chair Chris Moise.
“We decided to have the kids congregate at the ferry dock and we’re going to have school buses transport them to Nelson Mandela.”
Only 25 of the 240 students that go to school on the island, actually live there.
Trips for other schools to the NSS will be cancelled for the rest of the school year, said TDSB.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)