Toronto has been put under a “shoreline hazard warning” due to rising water levels in Lake Ontario.
The water levels are approaching those of 2017, when Toronto Islands were flooded for months. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) released the advisory yesterday afternoon, revealing that the current water level is almost 75.5 metres, which means that in addition to flooding, residents can expect to see more erosion and significant changes to beaches in the region. “For reference, the observed water level for the month of April at Toronto in 2017 reached 75.58 [metres],” the TRCA explained in a release.
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a shoreline hazard warning for areas in the city along Lake Ontario. Waves could be up to two metres high on Wednesday and pose a flood and erosion risk.@AnthonyFarnell has more.
— Global News Toronto (@globalnewsto) April 30, 2019
Additionally, the highest level Lake Ontario reached during the flood in 2017 was 75.93 metres. “Properties along the shoreline and the Toronto Islands which experienced flooding during the 2017 event could begin to experience flood impacts as the water level in Lake Ontario continues to rise,” the TRCA revealed.
The warnings are set to remain in place until May 8th, 2019.