Massive cleanup effort underway in Barrie neighbourhood hit hard by tornado

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Two days aft an EF-2 tornado ripped done a south-end Barrie neighbourhood, dozens of operation workers, tradespeople and municipal crews person intensified their efforts to cleanable up strewn debris and stabilize heavy damaged homes.

In an update released connected Twitter by Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, helium said arsenic of Saturday day 71 homes were deemed uninhabitable (a information of those homes volition beryllium allowed for occupancy aft repairs).

“(There’s) a immense magnitude of enactment already going connected on properties successful this neighbourhood with radical being capable to travel backmost and prime up immoderate of their worldly successful immoderate of the much damaged homes, but they request to beryllium escorted in,” helium said.

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Environment Canada confirmed connected Friday the tornado was estimated to person upwind speeds of astir 210 km/h.

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On the streets wherever the harm was heavy concentrated (Sun King Crescent, Majesty Boulevard, Prince William Way, Regalia Way, Saxon Road, Norman Drive, Counsellor Terrace), entree has been restricted to residents, contractors, nationalist work workers and members of the media.

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

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An update issued by City of Barrie unit connected Saturday thanked the assemblage for an outpouring of donations.

Officials said an impromptu donation centre astatine St. Gabriel the Archangel School connected Prince William Way became truthful jam-packed with items that volunteers and unit had to garbage further donations. However, anyone who wants to assistance those impacted is encouraged to supply a fiscal donation astatine the schoolhouse done the Salvation Army oregon online done the organization’s website (with a notation of “Barrie tornado”).

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Since the archetypal tornado response, municipal crews moved successful and acceptable up 4 garbage and debris dropoff zones connected residential streets for residents, their contractors and City workers. Employees person besides been going location to location to prime up discarded items near astatine the streetside.

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Residents successful the affected country who are capable to bash truthful are encouraged to determination their vehicles disconnected their thoroughfare arsenic municipal crews volition beryllium cleaning debris disconnected roads during the overnight hours connected Sunday and Monday. Officials said tow trucks volition beryllium brought successful to region vehicles excessively damaged to beryllium driven.

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Municipal officials besides issued a informing to the neighbourhood astir radical going door-to-door who are posing arsenic Alectra Utilities representatives and asking for wealth to inspect homes. They said crews bash not complaint for inspections and asked anyone who receives a petition to interaction police.

Meanwhile, 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 the bid centre astatine St. Gabriel the Archangel School.

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

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

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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.

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

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

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

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The City of Barrie has setup garbage disposal zones passim the neighbourhood wherever municipal crews and residents tin driblet disconnected debris.

— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 17, 2021

Update from PWW and Mapleview arsenic we determination to reopening roads and restoration enactment continues successful the tornado affected area.

— Jeff Lehman (@Mayor_Jeff) July 17, 2021

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Tornado clean-up efforts proceed successful southeast Barrie: #BarrieTornado

— The City of Barrie (@cityofbarrie) July 17, 2021

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