The city of Barrie says “significant progress” is being made on cleaning up and recovering neighborhoods devastated by last Thursday’s tornado.
The EF-2 tornado ripped through a neighborhood in the southeast end of the city, destroying several homes in the Mapleview Drive and Prince William Way area.
As a result, 10 people were sent to hospital, with about 150 houses damaged, while at least 71 houses were deemed unsafe to enter due to the extent of the damage.
In a news release on Sunday, the city said all public lands – roads, sidewalks, boulevards and parks – affected would be cleared by the end of Sunday.
Barrie Police will “release” the tornado-affected site on Monday, July 19 at 12 noon. This means the ban on entering the neighborhood will be lifted.
Entry to the area is restricted to property owners. The city said cleaning up any private property requires the owner’s consent.
The Ontario Ministry of Labor is on site to ensure that working conditions are safe as many buildings remain hazardous.
Residents who want to help with the recovery will have to wait until the area is released by police. There is no parking order in the affected area to clear the roads overnight.
More donations, no volunteers needed, says city
Tow trucks are being brought in to clear the damaged vehicles.
The city’s information center is located on a trailer at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic School and will remain on the site for some time.
Over the weekend the community received a great deal of support through donations and volunteers. The city sought the assistance of the Salvation Army to coordinate the donation.
Donations and volunteers are not needed at this time, the city said. The Salvation Army will close the Resident Resource Center over the next few days.
The city said the best way to help affected communities is through the Salvation Army.
Anyone who needs assistance can contact the Tornado Help Line at (705) 728-8442. A map of the affected area and other information is available at barrie.ca/TornadoRecovery.