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Thursday August 25th, 2016

Posted at 3:19pm

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The City of Windsor Provided this afternoon update:

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is asking residents to continue to support each other and also have patience with work crews clearing away debris.

“A tornado touched down in our City without warning and did serious damage to property, but thankfully, it did not result in serious injuries”, said Mayor Dilkens. “Our focus is on cleaning up the debris and returning everyone’s lives to normal”.

The City, EnWin, Union Gas and Emergency Services crews have worked around the clock on roads, downed trees and power lines; broken gas mains; and damaged homes and businesses.

At this time, main roads are open and power has been restored to most properties.  The estimated restoration for the customers that are currently out remains midnight tonight.

Outages on Riberdy road have been reduced to 9 customers. EnWin and City forces continue to work on brush and tree removal to facilitate access for restoration. A line crew is on site commencing pole and line replacement efforts.

The 34 customers on Deziel Drive that were out overnight are still in the middle of our rebuilding efforts. The WDS driveway has been cleared to allow their fleet ingress and egress through the combined efforts of City and EnWin forces that cleared debris and downed wires.

Crews will commence installing two transformer banks later this afternoon in an effort to restore power to customers whose facilities are inspected and deemed safe for reconnection. A complete line re-build is required at the corner of Kautex and Deziel Drive and this work will commence concurrently with the transformer bank installations later this afternoon.  Deziel from St. Etienne to Kautex remains closed.

Crews from Entegrus and Essex Power are assisting in restoration efforts.

City building officials have completed investigations on all of the homes and business reporting in as damaged.

Buildings that are extensively damaged have been issued Orders as appropriate to the situation.  Owners of buildings with superficial damage, that are safe for occupancy, have been examined and owners directed to deal with their insurance provider and/or contractor.

Commercial buildings extensively damaged near EC Row and Central have structural specialists on site advising on temporary repair and safety measures under the direction of their respective insurance providers.  Buildings unsafe for occupancy are closed and owners have been in correspondence with Building Division staff for voluntary compliance with Orders pending review by structural specialists per their insurance providers.

Please call 311 if you need a building official to attend your home.

The 311/211 Call Centre is open and taking service requests. If anyone is in need of assistance they are encouraged to call. This includes requests for inspections, tree removal from city property, or social supports. Anyone wishing to help those in need is also encouraged to call and be connected with agencies already lending assistance.

It is anticipated that clean-up efforts will continue through the weekend.

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