By JASON BLACHER The Globe and Mail has learned the worst is yet to come as a powerful storm rolls through Toronto.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said Thursday that he would be putting out a call for volunteers to help with evacuations.
It’s been a hard night for the city and people, Tory said.
It was a terrible day for the residents of Toronto.
I don’t know what will happen in the next day or two, but I’m going to make sure we get help, said Tory.
The Mayor and City of Toronto are urging residents to stay home on Thursday as the storm approaches.
The city will ask people to leave for at least three hours and to stay away from windows and other vulnerable areas.
The mayor also urged people to go indoors.
Tory said the city has received more than 500 calls of people needing assistance from neighbours.
The Mayor says it is important for everyone to heed the call for help.
He also urged residents to call 311 if they see anyone in danger.
Mayor John Tory says Toronto is asking people to call 911 if they feel they are in danger in their homes.
Tory says the city is offering up to $20,000 to help people who are in need of help.
The city is also asking people who see suspicious activity, or suspicious vehicles, to call police at 416-808-4445.
Toronto police also are advising residents to be vigilant as the city tries to get through the storm.
Toronto is in a difficult position, said Councillor Joe Mihevc, a member of the city’s public safety committee.
He says the storm is expected to bring up to 50 millimetres of rain to the city by Friday morning.
Mihevc says that the storm will be worse than the floods that hit the city in 2005.
There is an expectation that we’ll get through it, Mihec said.
We have to be very cautious because there’s a possibility that we could be inundated again, Mihemvc said.
We’ve seen the flood in the city before.
But we’re not going to be swept away again.