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steveintoronto

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Surely this was planned for...
If it wasn't, they'd best institute some contingency measures before there's a disaster. I'd think insurance alone would demand that and more, like a secondary drainage system pumped from a dedicated and self contained fuel pump room above the water line, or sealed from it. Who would offer flood insurance to those concessions unless the City does so itself?
 

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I would imagine that mitigations have now been done -- installation of at least a couple of redundant flood pumps. To satisfy insurance. But they may be pumping into still-overflowable storm drains.

I'm pretty curious if flood pumping will keep up in the next ten years though. It's quite an important area to keep dry.
 

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^ There's very real irony in that the Esplanade hosted one of Toronto's first trunk sewers, albeit referred to as "drains" back in the day:
https://books.google.ca/books?id=BupHAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA589&dq=toronto+esplanade+agreement+sewer&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjvgdftuafeAhVK74MKHarnCUEQ6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&q=toronto esplanade agreement sewer&f=false

And elsewhere in that book, under the "Tripartite Esplanade Agreement" the cost of maintaining that 'drain' was to be shared by the two major railways of the time: The GTR and CPR who are both covered legally in being bound to pay taxes and costs of the "Esplanade Viaduct" under which the sewer ran.

The book is a fascinating look at what the railways were legally liable for then, and my contention, still to this day.
 

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Great to see this open, it is part of the pale green section below - with red arrow. They appear to be working on the part east of the opened section (below the Plaza) which will, eventually give a more direct TTC link.

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