Sixty homes deemed unsafe following south Barrie tornado, city continues recovery efforts

City waiving landfill fees for affected residents until July 23

The City of Barrie says up to 60 homes have been deemed unsafe following Thursday afternoon’s tornado.

City building inspectors determined these homes are unsafe as of Friday afternoon. Orders have been issued and will be posted on these homes that have suffered extensive structural damage. Residents are told not to enter any home unless it is deemed safe by city officials.

Alectra says that less than 20 homes and businesses were without power as of 5 p.m. Friday, but couldn’t say how long until the power will flow to these customers once again. Meanwhile, Enbridge gas is working to restore service to affected customers once it is safe to do so. Service should be restored to the majority by end of day Saturday.

Some homes that were damaged but remain habitable may have water service turned off. Those who are returning home, and need water turned back on or have questions about water service, can call 705-726-4242. Follow the prompts if calling after-hours.

The City is providing information for affected residents to help them receive the support needed to assess damages and recover from the tornado:

  • Orders indicating status of affected homes will be posted on front doors or other visible areas at the front of properties.
  • The number of buildings determined to be unsafe will change as more detailed information becomes available. If an order has not been posted on your house, and you think it may be unsafe, call the tornado assistance line at 705-728-8442 and Building Department staff will investigate.
  • A trailer is on-site with City Building staff available to help residents with building assessments and safety. Please rely on professionals to help clear your home safely. Visit the on-site trailer or call the tornado assistance line at 705-728-8442.
  • Anyone displaced by the storm is being supported through an evacuation centre, and supports are available for temporary housing, food, clothing, etc.
  • Document the damage as best you can for a property tax relief application. Visit barrie.ca/PropertyTaxes to access the application form and more information.
  • The Government of Ontario offers two programs that provide financial assistance following sudden, unexpected natural disasters. Visit emergencymanagementontario.ca.

Meanwhile, information centres have been set up at a trailer near Saint Gabriel’s School to assist affected residents. Disposal bins have been added to local parks and nearby boulevards to better facilitate the cleanup of the affected area.

For residents affected by the tornado, fees will be waived at the landfill until July 23.

Additional Resources:

  • Tornado assistance line for affected residents: 705-728-8442
  • Ontario SPCA support for anyone who needs temporary housing or food for their animal:
    310-SPCA (7722)
  • Barrie Public Library Painswick branch: offering computers, free wi-fi and laptops that can be borrowed in-branch for anyone that needs internet and computer access
  • Red Cross registration number for residents directly affected: 289-206-8275
  • Ontario 211: Community and Social Services: call 2-1-1 or visit communityconnection.ca
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County: cmhastarttalking.ca
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or kidshelpphone.ca