City provides update on damage caused by tornado

There's been an outpouring of support from the community to assist people who have been affected by the tornado. Thank you. The City is not in a position to accept donations at this time, but will share more information regarding donations and how people can help once we have details about what is needed and how people can help.

Barrie, ON – At about 3 p.m. a tornado touched down in the south end of Barrie. Shortly after, at about 3:30 p.m., the City's Emergency Control Group assembled to triage the situation. The Emergency Control Group will continue to meet regularly, and all emergency personnel are on site responding to the situation. 

There has been extensive damage to many homes and property in the Mapleview and Prince William Way area.  Anyone displaced by the storm are being supported through an evacuation centre. 

There are still a number of power outages being reported. For more information, including the full list of streets affected, go to the Power Outage Map. You can also follow @alectranews on Twitter for updates during major power outages. To hear restoration details, call 1-833-ALECTRA (1-833-253-2872), press 1.

There have been reports of injuries but fortunately, at this point there have been no fatalities.

Trained emergency response crews are currently responding to the situation and are dealing with the priorities of the incident. An evaluation of the situation is underway. The City's first concern is for public safety and the safety of our first emergency response personnel.  We are working with other response agencies to manage the situation and minimize the impact it has on our community as a whole. 

The City of Barrie will release new information as soon as it becomes available. Ongoing public information about the situation will be posted on our website atbarrie.ca and our social media channels.  

In the interest of public health and safety the following safety precautions are requested:Please stay clear of the Mapleview and Prince William Way area so that all emergency teams are able to do their jobStay tuned to the media for further updatesDo NOT call 911 unless it is a life threatening situation

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