August 23, 2011 by staff
Ontario Tornado, At the site of Sift the salt mine, one of the largest employers in Goderich, Ontario. A big pile of salt was exposed to the elements, and the walls of a store seem to have been burned.
Sift the aerial parts of Canada Corp. were hit when a tornado struck the small community on Lake Huron. Hundreds of employees have been told not to report for work at the mine, which produces salt for melting ice until further notice, said the miner Joe Garrick, who has worked there for a decade.
“You probably will not work for a while,” Garrick said Monday. “I was out because I’ve seen pictures and it looks pretty bad.”
Company spokesman Kelly Barton said the damage still being assessed and it is uncertain when employees call back. She said the mine employs 466 people and evaporation plant has 89.
The town of about 8,000 and was picking up pieces of natural and economic disasters. In the mid 1990′s, another devastating storm spun through the city. Last year, Volvo Construction Equipment Corp. closed its site Goderich, putting 500 people out of work.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said Monday that the province has allocated and 5 million to help Goderich.
The storm on Sunday injured nearly 40 people and killed 61-year-old Normand Laberge, who was at work at the mine. His family said he had worked there for 31 years and was likely to put the goods on a boat when a storm.
“It’s a bit ironic that happened there, because that’s what he did. He worked all the time,” said his daughter, Jocelyne Laberge, who arrived in Goderich on Monday after learning of the death of his father that morning.
Mr. Garrick said he knew Mr. Laberge as a hard worker who pays his debts, as a miner and was promoted to work on the floor. He was friendly as well, Mr. Garrick, who said Mr. Laberge made lasagna every Christmas are sold to raise money for a charity.
The tornado also destroyed death and houses numerous historic buildings, dealing a blow to efforts to renew the city.
“I felt we really recover,” said Deb Shewfelt Goderich Mayor. “We have to do it again.”
The tornado, which meteorologists Environment Canada said it was a three on the Fujita scale with winds of up to 250 km / h, caused havoc in particular on the historical areas of the city. A church Victoria Street, near the city center was destroyed. Viewers cycling in the city to survey the damage left their bikes to take pictures in the rubble of the ruined building all missing much of its roof.
Others took on the square behind the yellow police tape in the center is the county courthouse has been the scene of historical essays. The windows were taken from a nearby bench.
Local officials question whether the historic character of the city, saying that he joined in 1850 as headquarters for distribution of land, you can always restore.
“I think it will do the trick, how can we reinvent our own and yet maintain their cultural heritage?” Said Shewfelt.
On Monday afternoon, Mr. McGuinty see damage to the car and stopped at a community center that is acting as an information and food for those without power. About 40 percent of the city had power by Monday afternoon.
“I’ve never seen such devastation,” said McGuinty.
The effects of the disaster were visible throughout the city.
“We are all unemployed,” said Jeff Brown, who said his workplace, Blue Water Body and Fender, is severely damaged “as a bomb.”
After layoffs last year, said he is not sure how the city will do this time.
“The people seemed to recover over time … Now this is really, really going to hurt.”
Mr. Garrick, Sift the miner, said it focused on the restoration of his house, which has a tree through the roof, before he worries about returning to work.
He was driving his truck back from vacation on Sunday, when the sky turned completely black. When the storm, the trailer was pulling away from the truck and flew away. On Monday, he was trying to move the trailer-year-old who said he is in ruins.
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