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City seeks input on response to 2013 storms

Crews clear branches snagged on power lines on a closed road in Brampton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/J.P. Moczulski

The City of Toronto wants residents to think back to the July 2013 flood and the December ice storm and share their thoughts on how the city managed the weather events — the good and the not so good.

Between July 8 and 9, 2013 a record-setting rain storm hit Toronto, leaving thousands without power, flooding neighbourhoods and major roadways, and stranded about 1,500 passengers on a GO train for hours.

The massive ice storm that hit the GTA on Dec. 21, 2013, downed power lines and left 600,000 customers in Ontario without power. It cost the GTA an estimated $275 million, including $106 million for Toronto.

Torontonians can share their thoughts with the city online.

Residents can also voice their thoughts in-person in four public sessions.

The dates and locations are:

  • May 12: Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • May 13: Toronto City Hall (Rotunda), 100 Queen St. W., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • May 14: North York Civic Centre, 5110 Yonge St. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • May 15: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Torontonians are invited to share their feedback until May 30.

The city manager will then report the feedback back to the executive committee on July 2. The public input will also be posted on the City’s Open Data website.