Basement Flooding Study Area 64 has experienced basement and recurring surface flooding during past extreme storm events. The study area is located in the Old Finch Avenue and Morningside Avenue area.

The study will determine the contributing factors for surface and basement flooding in the area and recommend solutions to improve the City’s sewer system and overland drainage routes in order to mitigate flooding problems.

Based on investigations of drainage and flooding, the City has evaluated a number of alternative solutions and is recommending improving catch basin management and upsizing storm and sanitary sewers in the Old Finch and Morningside Avenue area.

For more information on the recommended sewer improvements, please view the Public Consultation tab below.

Study Area 64 map sewer upgrade on Old Finch Avenue, east of Morningside Avenue
Full Study Area Boundary – Steeles Avenue, Highway 401, between Highland Creek and Rouge River

During heavy rain, sewers can become overloaded with stormwater runoff. This puts pressure on the City’s sewer systems and overland drainage routes, such as roads, local rivers and streams, which can lead to basement flooding.

Recommended solutions to address flooding include:

  • Upsized sewers
  • Catch basin management

The public had an opportunity to provide feedback on the study recommendations.


The study was carried out following the requirements for Schedule B projects under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process.

A Project File was available for a 30-day review period from November 21 to December 20, 2023. See the Notice of Completion for details.