‘Keep Barrie strong’: Neighbourhood ravaged by tornado unites in aftermath

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After personally dealing with COVID-19 and trying to support their Barrie cafe operating passim the pandemic, the past mates of years person been hard to accidental the slightest for Rene and Tracy Segura, but the brace says Thursday’s tornado has decidedly enactment their lives into perspective.

“You cognize what’s important for sure. And it’s your family, it’s your community, it’s those loved ones — it is not the worldly things,” Tracy said, lasting alongside Rene.

The couple, who ain Creative Bean connected Big Bay Point Road conscionable 3 minutes away, reflected connected the section enactment they received erstwhile Rene was diagnosed with COVID-19 successful 2020.

“They banded together. They helped america proceed our imagination of our cafe, to proceed to support the doors open,” helium said.

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“The magnitude of enactment and emotion that we got from the community, our concern was astir flat-lined, and it was due to the fact that of our assemblage that our concern is successful a presumption present that it was ne'er successful before. We’re truthful overmuch amended disconnected due to the fact that of them … I needed my feline backmost to assistance me. At the time, I lone had him arsenic my lone worker and present we’ve got five,” Tracy added.

It was earlier 3 p.m. connected Thursday erstwhile an EF-2 tornado, estimated to person upwind speeds of astir 210 km/h, caused extended harm successful the southeast Barrie neighbourhood. Driving down Mapleview Drive East, eastbound of Highway 400, immoderate region distant determination were different areas that saw lesser damage.

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In the suburban neighbourhood adjacent Prince William Way and Mapleview Drive East, residents connected streets specified arsenic Sun King Crescent, Majesty Boulevard, Prince William Way and Succession Crescent bore the brunt of the twister’s force.

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Global News observed a wide scope of harm wherever houses with missing roofs and blown retired walls and windows were mixed with much insignificant harm specified arsenic ripped disconnected shingles and soffits with aggravated harm indiscriminately isolated to pockets.

Tracy and Rene were astatine the cafe erstwhile the tornado roared through. They rushed location to cheque connected their son, and though their spot lone had insignificant damage, the lawsuit weighed heavy connected them.

“I wasn’t definite what to expect. I came retired the car and I was successful truthful overmuch disbelief and shock, I started crying,” Tracy said.

“We went done our emotions and our adjacent absorption was, let’s spell cheque connected families that we cognize successful the neighbourhood,” Rene added.

While galore properties were impacted connected the eastbound broadside of Prince William, to the westbound it appeared to person much terrible harm successful definite spots.

“When we saw what happened connected the different side, it hits you. There are nary words to picture erstwhile you’re lasting successful beforehand of a location that conscionable looks similar I can’t picture it… You wonderment what were they feeling erstwhile they were wrong that location and their location got torn isolated and however blessed they were that they were not injured, similar determination were nary fatalities passim this full thing,” Tracy said.

With a tendency to help, they channelled their speciality by mounting up a java basal extracurricular their Prince William Way and Mapleview Drive East-area location Saturday evening. Their beforehand tract became a impermanent refuge from the organized chaos of contractors moving away, debris being hauled into dumpsters, and a dependable parade of vehicles.

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“It turned into this truly beauteous donation centre that truthful galore businesses and section assemblage members person truthful kindly donated nutrient and drinks and diapers and conscionable truthful galore antithetic things,” Tracy said.

“We conscionable privation to beryllium capable to assistance our assemblage retired the mode that they’ve helped america retired successful the past. Our assemblage means a batch to america and we conscionable wanted to beryllium capable to bring immoderate airy to this disaster.”

And the Seguras’ determination to big a array wasn’t isolated. Other residents could beryllium seen doing the aforesaid thing.

At the country of Saxon Road and Succession Crescent, Nathan Glahn and Zach Hofer were serving crystal pick sandwiches and popsicles retired of their caller trolley.

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“Sergio implicit determination bought the full banal of crystal pick we’ve got successful there, and we’re giving it retired to radical successful the country who’ve had to woody with each the damage,” Glahn told Global News.

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“Everybody seems beauteous grateful and seems beauteous happy.”

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Thursday was expected to beryllium a peculiar time for the 2 concern partners. With the assistance of their parents, they were acceptable to motorboat their concern Popcycle Barrie astatine Sonder Studio and Events successful the city’s northbound extremity astatine a abstraction with astir 25 different vendors. However, the upwind meant they had to cancel.

“I conjecture contiguous is our opening time instead,” Glahn said.

“I deliberation it’s beauteous crazy. I ne'er pictured a tornado successful Barrie. It conscionable doesn’t truly travel to your caput that often.”

Barrie–Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin, who has been going doorway to doorway trying to assistance residents with cleaning up and navigating exigency supports since Thursday afternoon, said she has been taken backmost by the enactment radical person been showing each different and however radical from extracurricular the neighbourhood person rushed to assist.

“It’s conscionable unthinkable to spot radical that person specified immense trauma and it’s conscionable the nonaccomplishment of their possessions and the spot that they called home. We often accidental location is wherever the bosom is, but the bosom present is truly the community,” she told Global News.

Khanjin said excavation companies person shown up to supply exigency repair, a hardware store brought implicit brooms for residents, pizza and sub shops brought implicit nutrient to springiness out. She besides said inferior and security companies acceptable up mobile stations to assistance radical who mightiness request assistance arsenic well.

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St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Elementary School connected Prince William Way became a makeshift tornado effect centre and its gym became truthful jam-packed with assemblage donations that Salvation Army and City of Barrie officials made a plea to temporarily halt with donations due to the fact that determination was nary room.

Khanjin said volunteers person occasionally taken to filling wagons with materials and walking down the streets to supply items to radical connected the spot successful lawsuit they aren’t capable to get to the schoolhouse oregon are excessively shy to question assistance.

Barrie Ward 9 Coun. Sergio Morales, who represents the constituency westbound of the main interaction portion that besides incurred immoderate damage, reflected connected the deadly tornado successful 1985 that near 8 radical dormant arsenic good arsenic the tornado successful 2014.

“This isn’t Barrie’s archetypal clip coming unneurotic to enactment each other. In a acheronian infinitesimal similar this, what is noticeable is radical coming retired of their houses and supporting each other,” helium said.

Both Morales and Khanjin said recovering idiosyncratic items and liaising with security companies person been among the biggest tasks close now. Also, with perchance dozens of homes expected to beryllium uninhabitable for immoderate time, the hunt is connected to find longer-term lodging for immoderate residents.

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Anyone who lives successful the affected portion who needs assistance accessing their location oregon has immoderate questions was encouraged to telephone the tornado effect enactment astatine 705-728-8442 oregon sojourn St. Gabriel school.

Meanwhile, backmost extracurricular the Seguras’ home, Tracy said she noticed immoderate successful the assemblage are turning distant donated items due to the fact that they didn’t incur arsenic overmuch harm arsenic different residents.

“They don’t recognize that radical are not conscionable giving due to the fact that you got wounded successful the tornado. They’re doing it to assistance everybody’s spirits. And it’s bringing specified joyousness to the assemblage to person each this happening. So yeah, there’s wings, there’s popsicles, it’s to marque this country blessed close present truthful don’t consciousness atrocious taking it,” she said.

Looking forward, the brace said they volition beryllium taking a interruption connected Sunday, but volition beryllium backmost connected Monday arsenic they are expecting different donation of chickenhearted wings and perchance different items.

“Keep Barrie strong. This assemblage has been done a batch the past mates of days and we privation to punctual radical to enactment beardown and we volition proceed and we’ll rebuild. We’ll beryllium stronger,” Rene said earlier tending to neighbours who queued up waiting to get to the stand.

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Just to springiness a consciousness of however indiscriminate/localized the harm is present successful Sandy Cove Acres these pictures (L to R) are 3 houses close beside each other. The archetypal has a bent awning and missing shingles, the 2nd seemingly little, and the 3rd the extortion is gone. #onstorm pic.twitter.com/nniHI5ocgu

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

Just made it into an country wherever the harm is the heaviest, Sun King Crescent and Majesty Boulevard. Access is constricted close present to residents, contractors and media. The devastation is catastrophic. Dozens of tradespeople are moving distant connected removing debris and making repairs. pic.twitter.com/B1YDdwU7Bk

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

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One happening I americium proceeding from radical is praise for the @cityofbarrie’s response. Public works crews person been driving up and down the streets regularly picking up debris, adjacent utilizing dense operation instrumentality to bash so. #onstorm pic.twitter.com/ZmJxJNxiPY

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

The City of Barrie has setup garbage disposal zones passim the neighbourhood wherever municipal crews and residents tin driblet disconnected debris. pic.twitter.com/8qkIHekAFF

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

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VIDEO: Crews proceed to enactment distant with cleanup and repairs aft Thursday afternoon’s tornado successful #Barrie. pic.twitter.com/fk4QQt02n6

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

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