Toronto Flood Protection: Upstream From the Roots

Play Audio Clip Listen to audio clip. As it did last winter, the City of Toronto is allowing homeowners and businesses to “conservatively place” flood barriers on their property as it attempts to suspend…

Toronto Flood Protection: Upstream From the Roots

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As it did last winter, the City of Toronto is allowing homeowners and businesses to “conservatively place” flood barriers on their property as it attempts to suspend rules that gave crews priority during bouts of heavy rainfall.

But, the city’s latest messaging tells us where to put the much needed reinforcements.

…multiple watering outlets to supply one area for weeks at a time during extreme rainfall and reduced pipe flow, throughout the duration of the project

…precisionly placed curbside water suppression devices, which reduce stormwater velocity

…alternative outlets from alley to alley on private driveways…all utilized by subsequent large-scale storms or as a flood strategy during a flood

…employee shut-off valves deployed on drains, known as interlocking, to shut off the flow of water once water reaches a certain level

…Shut-off valves installed on drainage pipes to control water flow, prevent further waterway overflow

…Proper footing on open rain drains such as the West Blvd creekside spray canal

…Proper irrigation practices on yard debris controlled from homeowner or business owned drainage pipe near the open drainage and allow the runoff to flow to surrounding roads and ponds

…By-pass tubs and other depth controlling devices for sewer lines

…Recycled and green water collection systems, which reduce the risk of flooding in urban areas

…Extended use of “alternative leaks zones” (alternative drain outlets)

…Operations engineers offering orientation on best practices in the use of all storm water system features and equipment

Specializing in neighborhood drainage, wastewater and water conservation; and Managing Urban Drainage for Pump-in/ Pump-out operations.

…Interior Design Associate: Design Division; Urban Drainage and Water Management Department

…Interior Design Associate: Cost Savings, Operations and Maintenance Department

…Maintenance Coordinator: Management Services Division

…Heath: Environmental Sustainability Unit

…Emergencies: Disaster Safety Team

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