Floods, high lake levels delay Toronto beach openings
11 of city's beaches either partially closed or unsupervised in lead up to summer
After a rain-filled spring, the warm temperatures and sun will make the weekend in Toronto feel closer to summer.
But if hitting a beach to catch those rays were in the plans for Torontonians, they'll have to wait. Due to high lake levels and spring flooding, all 11 of the city's beaches are currently either partially closed or unsupervised.
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"Some beaches currently have large portions that are underwater," said City of Toronto spokesperson Wynna Brown.
"The degree to which we're going to see improvement on that remains to be seen. We have to keep an eye on that."
The closures won't mean fencing around the beaches but annual upkeep and preparations, including clean up and lifeguards on patrol, aren't in place yet.
The city added that it is monitoring E.coli levels on beaches and its crews can't begin cleaning up until the lake levels naturally go down.
"We're hopeful that if conditions continue to improve, we should see the beaches fully running by Canada Day," Brown added.
Dogwalker Pamela Fox visits Cherry Beach everyday and her walks have not been without its challenges, she said.
"[The dogs] like the water so it's not so bad. But it makes for a very messy dog walk," Fox said as she strolled with a half dozen dogs in tow.
Fox said she's also noticed high water levels that have yet to fully peak in certain sections of the park and said "we've lost a lot of our shoreline."
Manny Obel, who frequents the beach, didn't mince words about what he thinks this will mean for the start of summer.
"It's a disaster," he said motioning to the debris strewn about the beach.
"I don't think we're impressing any tourists or first-time visitors here," Obel added.