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Toronto, May 26 (Canadian-Media): Yesterday’s heavy rainfall of 44.6 millimetres in the city of Toronto had smashed the previous record of 34.3 millimetres set in 1953, reported Environment Canada.
The weather agency said Thursday's heavy rainfall made it the wettest May 25th since precipitation levels started being recorded in 1938.
There had been significant flooding in a number of neighbourhoods and thoroughfares in and out of the city of Toronto, CBCNews reports said.
The east end of the city had been affected by high water levels, aggravated by the level of Lake Ontario, but is receding slowly.
Kew Beach Avenue also faced serious flooding, specifically in the area where it meets Kippendavie Avenue to the south.
According to GO Transit spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins, crews were literally standing by the tracks to prevent flooding on the tracks.
"Customers should really pay close attention all evening to [GO Transit's] Twitter account and their 'On the Go' mobile alerts to keep posted," Aikins said.
"Buses will also take longer and there may be other impacts as well," CBCNews reports said.
Toronto Hydro crews had been responding to several power outage progress in different corners of the city.
City of Toronto spokesperson Wynna Brown said city staff were monitoring road conditions carefully.
"We know that the levels in the lake are very high this year," she said.
The city had announced, earlier this month, that the Toronto Islands would be closed to the general public until, at least, June 30.
The island beaches remain closed and event permits for Toronto Island Park had been cancelled.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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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)
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#Montreal, #floods, #Canada, #Emergency, #MontrealMayor, #DenisCoderre, #AtlanticProvinces
Quebec, May 8 (Canadian-media): A state of emergency in Montreal had been declared by Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre, on Sunday afternoon, as flood waters continued to rise due to non-stop rainfall for the past few days, media reports said.
The Mayor said the order enabled the city to more effectively and quickly grapple with the situation.
There will be mandatory evacuations in some areas, Coderre added.
"The most important thing for me is to help the people, help the citizens. I have signed the official papers, so for 48 hours, chief of Montreal Department Bruno Lachance will have all the extraordinary powers to take the decision for resources. If we need to evacuate, it’s an order to evacuate” said Coderre, while addressing the press conference.
The affected boroughs included: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, as well as the town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, and Senneville.
In the latest media report of Sunday morning, 146 municipalities were flooded and 1,520 people had been forced out of their homes.
Sacré-Coeur Hospital in Ahuntsic, affected by flooding was also forced to transfer patients to a mental health hospital in Rivières-des-Prairies.
Severe flooding on Sunday night had caused Transports Québec to shut down several roads, including the Galipeault Bridge, a major artery that connects Île-Perrot to the island of Montreal, due to water accumulation.
The flood-hit town of Rigaud, in Quebec had also received orders for mandatory evacuation of residents in affected areas after declaring its second state of emergency.
Ottawa and its adjacent city Gatineau in Quebec were also hit with the flood waters.
The heavily affected areas in Ottawa included Britannia, Cumberland, Constance Bay, Dunrobin, Fitzroy Harbour, and MacLarens landing.
Responding to the needs of hard hit regions of Quebec flooded, there were 1,200 Canadian Forces troops on the ground across Quebec to help the flood relief efforts.
Heavy floods caused dozens of schools on the island of Montreal and the west and north to be closed. The Lester B. Pearson School Board also closed all schools, centres and daycares.
McGill University had cancelled all classes and exams at both its Macdonald and downtown campuses.
According to a media release issued Sunday afternoon, the city said it was responding to the crisis and more than 250,000 sand bags had been distributed.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the federal government was responding to a request for additional resources to mitigate floods in hard-hit areas of parts of eastern Ontario.
Rob Kuhn, an Environment Canada meteorologist based in Toronto, said on Sunday that eastern Ontario had seen the most rainfall in the province adding more than 80 millimeters of rain fell between Friday and Sunday morning.
According to New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, Atlantic Canada and parts of New Brunswick recorded more than 150 millimeters of rain fall after a nearly 36-hour non-stop rain that left some areas with flooded roads and wet basements,
Several roads were closed as New Brunswick's St. John River had spilled its banks.
Environment Canada issued rainfall warnings for New Brunswick, and another burst of rain has been forecasted in southern New Brunswick on Monday.
Meanwhile, western Nova Scotia is expected to receive about 50 millimeters of rain over this weekend.
Environment Canada office report in Charlottetown said with of storm moving north, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador were expected to receive around 25 mm, of rain starting later in the weekend.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Floods, #BritishColumbia, #Okanagan, #Canada #Rainfall, #Mudslide, #Environment Canada, River Forecast Centre
Vancouver, May 8 (Canadian-Media): British Columbia (BC), on the west coast province of Canada, had spent the weekend struggling with rising floodwaters, caused by continuous rainfall, media reports said.
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On Friday Environment Canada had issued severe thunderstorm advisories for floods B.C.’s central and southern Interior.
Evacuation orders had been issued on several properties in and around Okanagan Lake and Kelowna and state of emergency had been declared in the City of West Kelowna, Kelowna, and the Fintry Delta.
Warnings had been issued to residents to stay away from lake shores and river banks, and to avoid driving through flooded areas
Residents were also urged to learn to recognize danger signs, such as change in water colour or rapid water level rise, and to protect their homes.
Residents had been putting sandbags outside their homes hoping to keep the water away.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark was in Cache Creek late Saturday morning to survey part of the damage.
A search for Cache Creek’s missing fire chief, and a senior, in the Shuswap area east of Kamloops, had resumed.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the mudslide hit Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road in Tappen, east of Salmon Arm, early Saturday morning.
Crews were initially called out at midnight, but had to pull back as conditions worsened.
"It sounded like a freight train coming down the mountain ... We heard trees snapping and it got louder and louder, so we got out of there," Schneider, a local resident was quoted as saying by CBC news.
On Saturday morning, an evacuation alert remained in effect for 90 properties on Okanagan Lake in the Fintry Delta area, south of Fintry Provincial Park.
In the Kamloops area, properties along Cherry Creek just outside of the city were under evacuation order.
There were also warnings of imminent flooding with more rain from Mission Creek to East Kelowna and areas near Vernon, B.C.
Numerous instances of pooling water or flooding on highways were reported from as far north as Kamloops and as far south as Kelowna, and as far west as Cache Creek and as far east as Revelstoke.
Boil water advisories had been issued to users of the Lower Sage Mesa Water System, northwest of Penticton, at the south end of Okanagan Lakewere due to high turbidity.
City of Vernon and Westbank First Nation IR#9.Boil also received boil water advisories.
The Thompson-Nicola Region Emergency Operations Centre had been set up for residents who have been told to evacuate immediately.
Rescue operation team had been coordinating rescues and supplying sandbags to residents hit by various floods.
On Sunday, some parts of B.C’s interior, rising waters had started receding after parts of the region, for the past three days, had been hit by floods .
Dry weather conditions were likely improve in the Shuswap, Okanagan and Boundary regions, according to River Forecast Centre.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Flooding on the islands had been due more to rising lake levels than recent rain, although the heavy rain had worsened both the situations, said Toronto Mayor John Tory, media reports said.
The Toronto Islands had been similarly flooded in the early '70s and early '90s, and residents staying there for a long time were not daunted by the recent flooding, CBCNews reports said.
Tory said if more rain falls there would be potential damage to homes on Ward's Island.
On the other hand, city officials were mapping low lying areas and monitoring lake levels, he said.
Warren Hoselton, a park supervisor for the Toronto Islands told CBC Toronto that 5,000 sandbags had been put down and hew was expecting more bags to be placed the following day.
Hoselton said waves can rise to two or three feet high on the islands and only precautionary steps were being taken to protect the islands.
"The water levels are high and they are predicted to rise slightly, but the wild card is the winds and the waves action," he said. "It's not going to be a quick fix. We're not out of the woods yet. It's going to be a while," CBCNews reports said.
Mayor John Tory says city officials are monitoring the condition on the Toronto Islands.
Winds have shifted, which means the water is being pushed onto lower areas of the islands, where flooding was evident on Friday.
Although residents in that area had told that the damage to the properties was not much, Tory was not convinced by their statements.
"It's one of those things where it could get worse if the water levels got much higher, but for the moment, we didn't even hear people saying yesterday that there was a lot of homes that were actually damaged," said Tory, CBCNews reports said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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According to the predictions of Environment Canada there would be lesser amounts of rainfall -- approximately one to two millimetres per hour -- for the Toronto area over the next 24 hours,.
All Toronto alerts related to heavy rain fall had ended.
There had been a lowering in rate of Lake Ontario and watershed levels rising throughout the city.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Environment Canada informed that at present the City did not plan to close the Don Valley Parkway.
The Scarlett Woods Golf Course was closed today due to overland flooding from the Humber River.
All other courses were operating.
The news release added that after heavy rainfall when storm water might mix with wastewater and overflows could cause bacteria to enter Lake Ontario.
Residents had been cautioned not to enter the Lake for 48 hours after a storm.
A warning had been issued by TRCA to members of the public walking up/down the Scarborough Bluffs and waterfront areas that these areas had become saturated with water and could cause landslides.
City crews were continuously monitoring the formation of excessive ponding and flooding and are trying to clear catch basins and were and patrolling low-lying areas that have been susceptible to flooding in the past.
City crews were asking the residents to call 311 if they come across any instances of road flooding.
Residents were requested to help by removing debris from catch basins on local roads.
The City and agencies continued to work with residents to prevent or minimize flooding and related problems.
To date, 4,000 sandbags have been placed on shorelines throughout the city and the Toronto Islands, removal of debris deposited along waterfronts by the storm will take place throughout today.
Residents should call 311 immediately to report basement flooding.
Crews are available 24/7 to respond to flooding calls.
Over 200 basement flooding calls have been attended to by crews.
Residents are asked to call Toronto Hydro at 416-542-800 to request a power shut-off to avoid shock or electrocution in the event that water has risen above outlets, near the electrical panel, etc.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Environment Canada (EC) has issued a special weather statement and a rainfall warning for much of southern and eastern Ontario, and predicts between 40 and 70 millimetres of rain for the Toronto area, which could significantly effect City's river systems and the water levels of Lake Ontario on Friday.
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A news release reports said that the City and agencies including Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are continuously monitoring the situation and are working with residents to prevent problems by minimizing flooding.
Toronto has already received more than 100 mm of rain since early April, which has resulted in some flooding in low-lying areas and the waterfront.
Heavy and continued rainfall is affecting airline passengers and they are being constantly reminded to check flight information before coming to the airport.
There have been cancellation of about 170 flights at Pearson, and inbound flights have been delayed.
In all affected areas, residents are being warned to stay away from banks of rivers and streams and low-lying areas and to call 311 to report any flooding issues.
The Ottawa area would be the most affected area by the end of this week, reported city of Toronto.
A state of emergency was declared in Clarence-Rockland, 40 kilometres east of Ottawa on Thursday.
Early Friday officials and volunteers from in and around the small town were filling sandbags and handing these to the residents in need.
Firefighters, north of the Ottawa River, had been asking residents in affected areas to evacuate their homes.
Closure of Don Valley Parkway announced earlier as of 3 p.m. on Friday, May 5 for public safety due to anticipated flooding, has been recalled. Updates regarding the closure would be provided when available.
Residents are reminded not go near rivers and streams throughout the city, avoid travel, and take extra care while driving, especially near pedestrians.
They are also advised to protect their properties and to check in on elderly neighbours or other people needing assistance.
City crews are working to keep catch basins clear to avoid roads being flooded and are also monitoring for excessive ponding and flooding.
They are also patrolling low-lying areas that have been susceptible to flooding in the past such as the Don Valley Parkway, the Eastern and Western Beaches, areas south of Queen Street, Hoggs Hollow and the Bayview Extension.
The City of Toronto is asking residents to call 311 to report any instances of flooding on the roads.
Ponds on the roads had been formed as a resulted of current water levels, in the storm sewer under Lower Simcoe underpass, being above the usual catch basin level.
City of Toronto will continue to monitor the underpass.
Residents should call 311 immediately to report basement flooding. Toronto Water crews are available 24/7 to respond to flooding calls.
City services and facilities in Toronto Island Park are currently closed or are operating at reduced levels.
Public access to and use of Five City-managed beaches, which experienced flooding during this week, has been restricted.
Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division and TRCA are collaborating in their efforts to resolve the problems in these areas.
Ferry Service and access to Toronto Island Park will be restricted to residents, staff and emergency personnel.
Regular ferry service to Centre Island and Hanlan's Point Docks is cancelled.
Transportation of vehicles to Hanlan's Island Dock would be available whenever needed.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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An Argentine mountain climber was nine days into a solo traverse of Yukon's Mount Logan (5,959 metres) when a pair of earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.2 and 6.3 shook the territory on Monday morning, media reports said.
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Natalia Martinez, 37, the mountain climber was camped high above the clouds at an elevation above 3,000 metres when the first earthquake hit, early Monday morning.
Martinez was spared but due to a series of landslides, her surroundings were unstable.
"Right now, she's doing her best to stay safe, keep the camp safe, to keep the tent sound," said her partner Camilo Rada from Vancouver, where he is a student. Rada had been keeping in touch with Martinez by satellite phone.
Martinez did not know it was an earthquake. She only felt that the mountain was falling apart, Rada said.
"She felt that all the ground under her camp subsided and moved a lot, and of course she was very scared," CBCNews reports said.
Rada continued to say Martinez was an adept climber and was handling her situation well.
"She has a lot of climbing experience in Patagonia, which is notorious for the bad weather. So she knows how to make a camp strong and to keep it safe in a storm," said Rada, CBCNews reports said.
Nevertheless, she realized that continuing her journey was out of the question. The territory was still highly unstable. She made contact with Rada, and they immediately began planning for her rescue.
But due to the unpredictable weather, the plan to rescue her by helicopter did not seem possible until Thursday, or maybe Friday, said Rada,
When the second quake hit, Martinez moved her camp to a narrow ridge that offered more protection from any falling debris, said Rada.
Sian Williams of Icefield Discovery Tours, the outfitter that flew Martinez to her initial base camp said although Martinez was in a relatively safe location, she was still surrounded by danger.
Williams said storms with high winds were expected over the next couple of days and the route condition had become very unstable.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Yukon, May 2 (Canadian-Media): Yukon and Alaska were hit yesterday by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake causing power outages, buildings being damaged, and waking people totally shaken, media reports said.
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Whitehorse residents told CBC News that they were falling out of their beds and dishes were coming down from shelves, CBCNews reports said.
Two hours later another larger quake, magnitude 6.3 hit Yukon and Alaska which resulted in a series of aftershocks.
United States Geological Survey (USGS) stated that British Columbia's far northwest, near the B.C./Yukon border, about 85 kilometres northwest of Skagway, Alaska, was hit by the first quake, while the second hit about 80 kilometres west of Skagway.
The earthquakes were also felt in northern British Columbia.
"Incredible shaking felt in Whitehorse around 5:30 a.m. this morning," resident Jenni Beauregard said in an email to CBC, after the first quake.
She said the tremors lasted about 30 seconds.
Ruth brown stated on the facebook accout of Jenni Beauregard,
“Brian & Jenni woke up in the middle of it with their house shaking like crazy. 3 aftershocks and some damage done but their house is fine. "Incredible shaking felt in Whitehorse around 5:30 a.m. this morning," resident Jenni Beauregard said in an email to CBC. She said the tremors lasted 30 seconds. They are all ok but it's a pretty scary situation and they have never experienced that there before.”
The second quake came while B.C. seismologist Taimi Mulder was doing a live phone interview with CBC Radio host Sandi Coleman in Whitehorse.
"You might want to get under your desk if it's still shaking," Mulder told Coleman.
Julie White stated in the facebook account of Seismologist Taimi Mulder,
“Seismologist Taimi Mulder of the Geologic Survey of Canada tells CTV News Channel the quake occurred on the Fairweather Fault, also known as the Queen Charlotte Fault. The Alaska area experiences a large amount of seismic activity due to the movement of the Pacific tectonic plate and the North American plate. In 1964, an earthquake centred near Prince William Sound in Alaska registered a magnitude of 9.2 -- the second-largest ever recorded. Mulder says there could be more aftershock quakes to come after Monday’s temblor. There’s also the potential this earthquake could be a foreshock of a larger quake still to come, Mulder added. “We won’t know until probably for the next week or two.”
Throughout the morning several aftershocks and smaller earthquakes were registered .
Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the situation in Whitehorse was being monitored and emergency response was on standby to help as required.
Yukon government officials were also taking stock of any damage to roads and bridges from the earthquakes.
Government officials said later Monday morning that although the roads and highways seemed fine, still inspection and assessment of buildings and other infrastructure was being done by engineers.
Aisha Montgomery, with the Yukon government's protective services division reported that the Whitehorse airport was unaffected and flights were running as scheduled.
Lynn building in the downtown was damaged and resulted in its evacuation and closure for the day.
Elijah Smith Elementary School in Whitehorse, and the Ross River School suffered structural damage and were closed for the day.
The earthquakes also left thousands of people without power early Monday morning for some time.
After inspecting LNG plant, Yukon Energy CEO Andrew Hall said the company's new LNG plant was designed to withstand earthquakes.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)