Jul 16, 2021
By Jane Brown
Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman says he’s feeling grateful that no one was killed in yesterday’s devastating tornado.
“So there were 11 people who were injured, that were transported to Royal Victoria Hospital. Fortunately, incredibly, there were no life threatening injuries. We had a door to door search and a secondary search last night,” Mayor Lehman said on Friday morning, “We believe everyone has been accounted for and that is truly the astonishing thing. You see these vehicles turned upside down, and the homes that came down, pancaked or destroyed, that nobody lost their life is nothing short of incredible.”
Mayor Lehman says volunteers have come out to help those who’ve lost their homes. There is also an evacuation centre set up at a Barrie school to support those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.
He says if people outside of Barrie want to help, the best way is to donate to the Red Cross.
Yesterday’s tornado was an EF2 on the Fujita Scale of 0 to 5, five being the worst.
The wind speed of Thursday’s tornado was clocked at 210 km/h.