City of Toronto ends evacuations and directs orderly return



    TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto has announced that the
evacuation undertaken today after the Murray Road explosion and fire has
ended.
    Residents not at the evacuation centre will be directed by police on the
re-entry into the area. Over the next few hours residents can begin returning
home. It is critical that residents follow the directions of police to ensure
the safety and security of everyone involved.
    Over the next several hours, residents at the evacuation centre will be
escorted to their homes from the evacuation centre and, where homes have been
damaged to the point where a resident cannot re-enter their home, Shelter,
Support and Housing Administration staff will assist in their return to the
evacuation centre for further assistance. The evacuation centre will remain
open overnight to provide accommodation if necessary and TTC will provide
residents with transportation.
    Police will patrol the affected area with an increased presence.
    It is expected that by now all hydro service south of Wilson to the 401
and Dufferin to the CN tracks have been restored. However, power on five
streets will be restored transformer by transformer. They are Garratt
Boulevard, Plewes Road, Spalding Road, Regent Road and Katherine Road. The
final step will be to restore power on Wilson Avenue, which is expected to be
completed tonight.
    With the power having been off for the day, residents are reminded to
ensure food in the fridge is safe to eat. If in doubt, throw it out.
    Gas was turned off in the area from Dufferin Street to Murray Road and
Hanover Road to Wilson Ave. Enbridge Gas is working to restore the gas supply
to the area, and will be going from house to house to ensure it is safe to
turn the gas back on. Restoration of gas services could take days to restore
and residents are asked to be patient.
    Highway 401 is now almost fully re-opened with the exception of the
northbound Allen Road, Keele Street, and Dufferin Street exits to permit
ongoing investigations. These exits will be open in the next few hours as
well.
    TTC service will be fully-restored by tomorrow morning.
    All of the City's emergency services and all operating divisions worked
extraordinarily hard today under very difficult circumstance and we appreciate
everyone's patience and understanding during this event.

    
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