Barrie, ON – The City of Barrie's emergency personnel continue to work today in the Mapleview and Prince William Way area responding to the damage caused by yesterday's tornado. Approximately 60 homes are currently deemed unsafe, as determined by City building inspectors.
Do not enter any homes unless deemed safe by City Building Officials
Unsafe orders have been issued and will be posted on homes that have suffered extensive structural damage and are deemed to be unsafe. This is the City's obligation under the Building Code Act. Stay out of damaged buildings until they can be assessed and temporarily repaired.
Utility restorations Alectra reports that there are less than 20 homes and businesses without power at this time and the time of return is unknown. Alectra will provide information on doors in the affected area. Those connected to InnPower can refer to their Outage Map for updates.
Enbridge Gas is working to restore gas service to affected customers when it's safe to do so. It's expected service will be restored to the majority of customers by end of day on July 17. Enbridge will go door-to-door to undertake this work for houses that are safe to occupy, and will need to access the inside of homes to safely relight natural gas appliances. Do not attempt to relight your own appliances.
Some homes that were damaged but remain habitable may have water service turned off. If people are returning home and need their water turned back on or have questions about water service, please call 705-726-4242 (follow the prompts if after-hours).
Recovery and cleanup efforts
The next steps in the recovery effort include the following:
Next steps and information for affected residents
The City is providing information for affected residents to help them receive the support needed to assess damages and recover from the tornado:
Affected residents will be provided with detailed information later today to assist them with next steps to take for property assessments, supports and help available, and how to handle temporary and final repairs.
The City also reminds people to not bring donations to the tornado recovery site. We have sufficient volunteers at this time and the Salvation Army is currently accepting financial donations given the overwhelming response.
The City will continue to release new information as soon as it becomes available. Ongoing public information about the situation and resources are posted on our website at barrie.ca/TornadoRecovery. Please also follow the City's social media channels for updates.
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