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Friday, September 16, 2011

Tornado Impact on Kids

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Looking at impact of deadly tornado on displaced families and children.

Last month's tornado that struck Goderich has left damage that we all can see.

Some of the greatest damage may be unseen and it worries officials with Big Brothers-Big Sisters of North Huron.

Executive-Director Elaine Osborne tells Bayshore Broadcasting News 11 families registered with the organization have been displaced because of the tornado.

Temporary homes in Clinton, Wingham and Seaforth have had to be found for three families whose homes were destroyed.

Osborne says the children bear a heavy load from the tornado's effects.

She says some kids are faced with having to leave home and being separated from their families -- often having to settle into a new school and making new friends.

The effects on adult family members can be profound and can produce worries on a number of levels.

Osborne tells us the worries are largely economic especially in the case of low-income families.

She says not only do they have to worry about where they're going to live but also how to replace belongings and make sure they and their children will get through the winter.


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