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City Emergency Group Responds to Windstorm

July 20, 2011 – Thunder Bay’s Emergency Control Group met at 10 pm tonight to respond to a brief, damaging windstorm, or microburst, between Mapleward Road and Ford Street.

No injuries have been reported.

“We are assessing the damage and keeping a close eye,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “We are very grateful no injuries have been reported and hopeful that continues to be the case.”

The following has been reported:

 •  Extensive trees damaged and down.
 •  An estimated 6,000 homes without power in the South Core. Power is expected to restored in the morning.
 •  Third floor roof of Airport Terminal Building blown off into the Airport’s parking lot crushing about 15 vehicles and damaging others.

City and Hydro crews are patrolling to assess damage. Trees and branches that pose a safety threat are being removed.

Hydro asks:
 •  Please stay away from downed wires.
 •  If you see downed trees or trees sparking in the lines, please call Hydro’s after hours emergency contact: 343-1002. If you are unable to reach Hydro immediately and wires are sparking, call 911.

The local Emergency Operations Control Group includes the City of Thunder Bay, Police, Fire Rescue, District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Superior North EMS and Canadian Red Cross, who are also actively addressing evacuations due to forest fires across Northwestern Ontario.

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Contact: Chief John Hay, Fire Rescue, 625-2101