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Ice storm projected to cost Toronto $106 million

Posted by Derek Flack / January 9, 2014

Ice storm cost torontoA new report from the City of Toronto estimates that last month's devastating ice storm will cost the city approximately $106 million in damages and related clean up costs, a figure which is up considerably from earlier estimates of $75 million. In response to swelling costs, City Manager Joe Pennachetti is calling for Toronto to be declared a "disaster area" so as to qualify for the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.

It remains to be seen whether or not Mayor Rob Ford's refusal to declare a state of emergency during and immediately after the storm will have any bearing on the City's chances for financial subsidy from the province and federal government. But, as the report makes clear, it sure would be nice to get some support. When one adds the costs incurred from the July floods, Toronto is out $171 million to storm-related damage this year. The report will go before council at a special meeting tomorrow. What do you think of our chances? Is relief on the way?

Ice storm cost breakdown:

Parks, Forestry and Recreation: $52,213,000
Solid Waste Management Services: $24,474,797
Toronto Employment and Social Services: $1,009,000
Transportation Services: $8,802,961
Toronto Water: $1,506,560
Other City Divisions: $1,703,477
Toronto Hydro: $13,900,000
Toronto Police Service: $245,000
Toronto Transit Commission: $700,000
Toronto Library: $53,996
Toronto Community Housing: $2,145,337
Toronto Zoo: $187,000

Photo by Andrea Williams in the blogTO Flickr pool



Jules / January 9, 2014 at 10:10 am
Duelling mayors Norm Kelly, Rob Ford dispute size of Toronto tax hike

GO ROB!!! Protect the Tax payers!!!
Jules / January 9, 2014 at 10:29 am
Janet Davis apologizes for dropping f-bomb on Doug Ford at budget meeting
Sigh / January 9, 2014 at 03:51 pm
What the hell does either of your posts have to do with the article?
Jules / January 9, 2014 at 06:28 pm
They don't. Im reporting on news that hasnt been covered here...
Dr. Kukko / January 11, 2014 at 01:23 pm
Too funny: No State of Emergency, no fed/prov.. $$$.
Too funny 2: Harder for TAXPAYERS to be compensated by their own insurance cos. without a State of Emergency. So: TAXES UP! INSURANCE PAYMENTS DOWN! Rob Ford...You are so STUPID!!!!!!
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