City marks one week since tornado hit Barrie

Barrie – One week ago today, an EF-2 tornado touched down in the south end of Barrie. The tornado caused extensive damage to many homes and property, but very fortunately caused no loss of life.

Emergency crews responded immediately, and ten people were transported to hospital. All of those people have since been released from hospital and are recovering.

The cleanup and community support started right away and has continued over the last week. Utility companies quickly restored services, City staff cleaned up and assessed the condition of homes, not-for-profits mobilized to provide shelter and donations started to pile up from the public. Individuals and organizations such as the Barrie and District Realtors have come forward to assist in finding rental accommodations for those displaced, and local businesses have been donating services and products since last Thursday night.    

“The character of a community is defined by its response to its most difficult days, and I couldn't be prouder of the way our city came together over this last week," said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “What makes Barrie great is the people. We are a city of helpers, and we care for our neighbours. When we look back on this tragedy years from now, we'll no doubt be haunted by the images, but I hope we always remember how our community responded in one of our darkest moments. Thank you, Barrie for making us all proud to live in this community."

The City would like to remind residents of a community event taking place tonight outside Saint Gabriel's School (130 Prince William Way) from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is called Healing After Trauma: Regaining Your Mental Health After A Disaster and will bring together New Path Youth & Family Services, Catholic Family Services and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. For details, visit the City'sEvents Calendar. Barrie 360 has partnered on this event to provide a live stream for those who cannot make it in-person. Watch the live stream of the event at

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Media Contact
Scott LaMantia
Senior Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4529