August 9, 2018 9:21 pm

GoFundMe launches to support Alonsa tornado victims

An F4 tornado touched down near Alonsa, Man., Friday night, laying waste to homes and buildings and killing at least one person.


A GoFundMe campaign has been started, hoping to raise $50,000 to help aid residents affected by a twister in the Rural Municipality of Alonsa.

Jillian Brothwell of Winnipeg launched the “Help Rebuild Alonsa, MB-EF4 Tornado” on Thursday morning.

A destructive EF4 tornado ripped through the rural municipality near Lake Manitoba last Friday, claiming the life of 77-year-old Jack Furrie.

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Cleanup efforts have begun, but Reeve Stan Asham told Global News that they need more help — particularly in pulling things like trucks, campers and hydro poles out of the lake.

“There’s garbage in that lake. There’s trucks, there’s campers, there’s hydro poles, there’s large round bales. We need help there. We sure need help,” Asham said.

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Money raised will go towards financial assistance to permanent residents, property owners, campers and cottage owners for recovery, cleanup, rapier and replacement costs not covered by insurance or other forms of government assistance.

Funds will also go towards lake restoration.

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