Basement flooding prevention projects along the Humber River  (Etienne Brule & Warren Park)

Currently the area surrounding Etienne Brule Park is undergoing basement flooding prevention upgrades. This work includes sanitary and storm sewer upgrades on Old Mill Drive and Catherine Street.

Work began on September 13, 2021 with a planned end date of August 2022. As part of this work the City’s contractor is working at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Old Mill Drive on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from March 12, 2022 to April 30, 2022. Previous to this work, Sanitary Main Replacement in Etienne Brule Park and Home Smith Park was conducted from January 2021 to January 2022 to replace the sanitary forcemain which transports the wastewater from lower to high elevation.

To the north the ongoing Warren Park Sewage Pumping Station construction work to repair and replace the aging infrastructure is still taking place. Construction began Summer 2021 and is expected to end in Spring 2024.

The City of Toronto is now undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to explore opportunities to improve the reliability of the aging sanitary forcemain that serves the Warren Park Sewage Pumping Station. Early discussions with the community will be critical to identify ways to reduce the impacts of this project on adjacent property owners and park users.

Please join Councillor Perks and city staff for a virtual public meeting for this project on April 28, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For information on joining this meeting, please email  . You can also register at

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catch basins, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. During heavy rain, the sewers can become overloaded and it’s important for homeowners to take steps to help protect their homes from basement flooding. For basement flooding prevention tips, City subsidies and related programs and services from the City of Toronto, please visit

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