Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Assessment of homes damaged by central Ontario twister nearly done

Rick Felhazi (left) and Scott Imrie work with an aerial crew to secure tarps to the destroyed and missing rooftops in Angus, Ont. on Sunday, June 22, 2014 A confirmed F-2 tornado touched down on Tuesday. More than a dozen Hydro One Networks operations people were on hand to help the devastated area west of Barrie.

PETER TURCHET / THE CANADIAN PRESS Enlarge Image

Rick Felhazi (left) and Scott Imrie work with an aerial crew to secure tarps to the destroyed and missing rooftops in Angus, Ont. on Sunday, June 22, 2014 A confirmed F-2 tornado touched down on Tuesday. More than a dozen Hydro One Networks operations people were on hand to help the devastated area west of Barrie.

ANGUS, Ont. - Inspections of homes damaged by a tornado that ripped through a central Ontario community were expected to be completed on Sunday as volunteer hydro workers lent a hand to patch holes in battered houses.

Ontario Provincial Police Const. Kelly Daniels says teams of building inspectors and engineers have finished checking 80 of the 101 residences affected when the twister struck Angus, in Essa Township some 100 kilometres north of Toronto. Tuesday's twister touched down in the early evening and left three people with minor injuries.

By Sunday afternoon, 14 homes were so badly damaged that they've been slated for demolition, Daniels said.

"All the other homes remain in varying stages, whether it's just a few shingles missing to reconstructing a wall or a roof."

Daniels says the community is on the mend, with the scene currently resembling a huge job site, with trucks and large garbage bins lining the roads.

"It's like a super large construction zone, really. That's what we're looking at — one large work zone."

She says things have improved to the point where daily meetings between officials and residents have been called off. Daniels added the state of emergency imposed on the area could be lifted within days.

"People are starting to move on with their lives. A lot of them are getting back into their homes" and working with hydro staff to get the power back on.

"All the residents — of course it's a very emotional time for them — but with the outpouring from the community of people donating items, food, non-perishables and then of course hearing about people volunteering their days on a weekend, it's hard for them to be upset when all that's coming together for them," she said.

Efforts to mend damaged roofs were helped out by squads of Hydro One workers who offered to help on their day off.

Hydro One spokeswoman Marylena Stea says a few dozen of the utility's workers — mainly line maintainers — arrived in eight bucket trucks to install tarps on about three dozen of the damaged homes. Their assistance comes in addition to crews working to reattach homes to the power grid.

"We'll keep going until the work is done," she said, adding the roof repairs were expected to be a one-day job.

A preliminary estimate by Environment Canada suggested the tornado that struck Angus had estimated wind speeds near 180 km/h.

— By Will Campbell in Toronto

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media