Assessment of homes damaged by twister in Angus nearly done
WATCH: Aerial view of tornado-damaged homes in Angus, Ont. (June 18)
ANGUS, Ont. – The inspection of homes damaged by a tornado that ripped through a central Ontario community is expected to be completed Sunday as volunteer hydro workers lent a hand to patch holes in battered houses.
Ontario Provincial Police Const. Kelly Daniels says teams of building inspectors and engineers have finished checking 80 of the 101 residences impacted when the twister struck Angus, in Essa Township some 100 kilometres north of Toronto. Tuesday’s twister left three people with minor injuries.
At this point, 14 homes are so badly damaged that they’ve been slated for demolition.
Daniels says the community is on the mend, with the scene currently resembling a “super large construction zone” with bulldozers, trucks and large garbage bins lining the roads.
She says things have improved to the point where daily meetings between officials and residents have been called off, and added the state of emergency could be lifted within days.
Hydro One spokeswoman Marylena Stea says a few dozen of the utility’s workers are offering some volunteer help by arriving in bucket trucks to install tarps on about three dozen homes with roof damage.
© The Canadian Press, 2014