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Residents meeting at 2 pm at Angus Arena with emergency, township officials

Posted June 18, 2014

A state of emergency remains in effect this morning in Angus as emergency crews, builiding inspectors, representatives from the Province, police and Environment Canada, survey the damage from yesterday's confirmed tornado to determine when or if people displaced from their homes can return, and whether any of the properties are condemned.

Residents and property owners affected by the damage are being asked to attend a meeting this afternoon at the Angus Arena starting at 2 pm which will be a question and answer session and debriefing about their situation and moving forward.

OPP from across Central Region are in the area to assist Nottawasaga OPP in securing the properties and scene while they remain off limits pending inspections to approximately 100 homes, affecting over 300 people. Police said this morning they will accompany residents at the first opportunity to gather immediate belongings, such as medications.

"We want to make sure the houses are safe before they come home," Essa mayor Terry Dowdall told a press scrum this morning at the scene, calling it "a miracle" that no one was seriously injured or killed. Three people were transported to RVH in Barrie with non life-threatening injuries, and paramedics treated others on scene for minor injuries.

Essa Fire Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin credited the storm's timing with minimizing injuries.

"We had the area under tornado warning, and through twitter feed, we had done some messaging," said the chief this morning. "It was the right time of day" as residents were not sleeping, and could take safety precautions in advance of touchdown.

At this post there were no indications as to whether any donations or help with clean-up will be requested.

New Tecumseth mayor Mike MacEachern told Free Press Online this morning the Town has offered whatever assistance is required.

"Our Fire Department has been on scene and the Chief is coordinating any assistance we are able to provide," said the mayor via email. "I also left a communication with the Mayor offering our support. I understand at this time we are looking to support the efforts in determining the structural soundness of buildings."

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