More than half of buildings on Toronto Islands threatened by rising water levels

Aerial view of Toronto Island flooding – Image Courtesy of CTV News

By The Canadian Press, May 19, 2017

TORONTO — More than half the buildings on the Toronto Islands are being threatened by rising water levels in Lake Ontario that have already closed the popular summer destination to the general public.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says 261 buildings, or about 52 per cent of the structures on the islands, are at risk of damage from flooding while about 40 per cent of the Toronto Island Park is already under water.

Tory says industrial pumps are currently removing 500,000 litres of water per hour from the islands, and thousands of sandbags have been set up along the shoreline.

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