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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Premier Pledges Aid to Goderich

Goderich | by Travis Pedwell  

McGuinty announces five million dollars to help Goderich rebuild after touring town.


Premier Dalton McGuinty is stunned following the damage caused by the tornado that went through Goderich on Sunday.

Bayshore Broadcasting News was at the brief statement issued by the Premier on Monday afternoon at the Columbus Centre when McGuinty announced five million dollars in aid for the community.

McGuinty notes the money will go towards the disaster and relief fund and help individuals as well as home and business owners effected.

McGuinty's main message to the people of Goderich is that they are not alone -- He says the rest of Ontario is on their side and we will get through it all together.

McGuinty sent out his sympathy to the friends and families of those who were effected by the disaster.

One 61 year old man from Lucknow was killed during Sunday's storm and nearly 40 other people were injured.

McGuinty calls Goderich one of his favourite places in Ontario -- He points out it's a beautiful town with a lot to offer for tourists.

McGuinty says the main thing is that everyone is safe and secure before the rebuilding process can take place.

McGuinty says the town of Goderich has inspired him.

He says it's unbelievable to see the teamwork between everyone working together and the spirit within the community.

Meanwhile -- people from around Ontario are helping residents of Goderich.

Communities are sending firefighters and residents from other Cities are towns are signing up to be a part of the cleanup effort.

Environment Canada has confirmed it was an F-3 twister with winds pushing 300 kilometres an hour that ripped through Goderich on Sunday afternoon.

About 40 per cent of homes in Goderich -- mostly in the South end -- had their electricity back by Tuesday morning.

Hydro officials estimate 90 per cent of the community will have power by the end of the week.

But some residents will have to wait until next week.

Union Gas has 30 employees working to repair damage caused by the storm and to restore service to the south end of damage where damage is least extensive.

Officials believe that could happen late Tuesday.

If you want to help donate items to the cleanup efforts in Goderich -- you can call 2-1-1.

Text donations can also be made in support of the Goderich Tornado Relief Fund from August 23rd to August 31st.

To make a $5.00 donation, please text “UCARE” to 45678.

 

 

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