Toronto Is­lands to re­open af­ter spring flood

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

TORONTO — The wa­ter­logged Toronto Is­lands will fi­nally re­open to the pub­lic on July 31.

The pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion and home to hun­dreds of city res­i­dents was vir­tu­ally shut down in early May af­ter flood­ing caused by ris­ing wa­ter lev­els in Lake On­tario, brought on in part by heavy rains.

Per­mits for wed­ding and other events were can­celled and res­i­dents de­scribed see­ing carp spawn­ing on the road­ways and trees fall­ing down be­cause the ground was too soft to sup­port them. The city now says that reg­u­lar sum­mer ferry ser­vice and city re­cre­ation pro­grams will re­sume July 31 and that Toronto Is­land Park, in­clud­ing Cen­tre Is­land, Cen­tre­ville Theme Park, Ward’s Is­land and Han­lan’s Point will re­open to the pub­lic.

The city adds that while all beaches will be open with life­guards on duty, por­tions of some beaches will re­main of­flim­its and Olympic Is­land will re­main closed to the pub­lic due to high wa­ter lev­els.

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