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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Emergency Continues

Goderich | by Rick Stow  

A state of emergency continues in effect for Goderich tornado clean-up

The Town of Goderich has formed a "Red Tape Committee" to look at adjusting the comprehensive by-law in order to facilitate reconstruction.

Council does not want easements and other obstacles to get in the way of the rebuild.

The State of Emergency continues in place -- largely to protect workers and volunteers who are covered by Workers Compensation with the declaration in force.

Mayor Deb Shewfelt says he's amazed how the various relief efforts proceed in lock-step with each other.

A F3 tornado hit the town of Goderich on August 21st and claimed one life.

After going full-throttle for 12 days straight -- Goderich Mayor Deb Shewfelt took a couple of days off over the long weekend.

All municipal functions have returned to Town Hall on West Street -- and the Town now has a third-floor tenant -- the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund Committee.

Shewfelt is pleased to see the committee start its work.

While the Town has turned a blind eye to some of the reconstruction work, the major tasks will require permits.

Shewfelt says replanting mature trees in the Square will be an important sign of recovery.


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