‘Tough decisions’ for Toronto condo owners in condo flood

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

A flood caused extensive damage to a Toronto condo and river house in a flood that destroyed at least two structures, city officials said Wednesday.

About a dozen people were rescued and taken to hospitals, according to Mayor John Tory.

About 80 per cent of the units were destroyed, but no deaths were reported.

Tear gas and water hoses were used to break through the waterlogged floors and ceilings, Tory said.

The flooding was believed to have started when the condo’s roof was breached and water ran down the side of the building.

Tory said at least six people were treated at the scene.

The city said its crews were working to secure additional units for the victims.

“The city is actively working with the owner of the home, who has been contacted by our flood response team and will assist the city with the repairs,” Tory said in a statement.

The flood, the worst in decades, damaged or destroyed at many of the condominium’s condominium units, as well as several other buildings on the same block.

City staff said the flooding took place over several days and the city had not determined a cause of the damage.

The condo building on Lake Ontario is on the city’s list of flood-prone properties.

Trench flooding in the city can occur when water levels in a river or lake rise.

Residents can call 311 to report flood damage.