York residents demand action in wake of flooding
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Jul 24, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

York residents demand action in wake of flooding

York Guardian

Residents attended a “raucous” information session hosted by York South-Weston Councillor Frances Nunziata last Friday to get answers about the July 8 flood.

Cordella Avenue resident Mike Mattos attended the first meeting along with “lots of angry people” who wanted answers about how and why the flooding occurred during the heavy rainstorm.

“We got flooded onto the street even when it wasn’t raining,” said Mattos, adding the damage done to his house was extensive.

“I’ve never seen it like this and we lived here for 40 years. Our basement’s destroyed and one of my cars is a total loss.”

With representatives from city staff and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in attendance, Mattos said he learned there was a trunk sewer running parallel to the Black Creek.

In addition to the water flowing into basements through sanitary sewer connections, Mattos noted the sewer overflow came overland from as far north as Lawrence Avenue into the homes.

“There was enormous alien water coming onto our streets,” he said.

Mattos added some residents have started collecting signatures to start a potential class action suit against the city and TRCA for not resolving the overland runoff issues years ago.

Nunziata said she understood the anger from residents.

“Of course they’re going to be upset. I expect them to be upset,” said Nunziata, who went door to door on Cordella Avenue to let residents know about the follow up meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 31. “This area was impacted more than any other part of the ward. It’s right next to the creek.”

Nunziata added she recently moved a motion to have the general manager of Toronto Water review the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study work schedule for that area.

“I moved a motion in council last week to accelerate the EA in light of the storm,” she said.

The City of Toronto had initiated the EA study last November to address water quality issues in Black Creek and Humber River due to the discharge of combined sewer overflows and to assess the causes of flooding. The EA would also look at developing solutions to reduce the risk of future surface and basement flooding.

Nunziata confirmed the July 31 follow up meeting will take place at Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, 99 Humber Blvd., with city staff and TRCA representatives again invited to attend.

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