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Tornado touches down in Ignace

Updated at 12:36 PM

By James Turner

A tornado touched down in Ignace, Ont. at about 9 a.m. today damaging about a quarter of the small town and sending one person to hospital. Ignace is about 250 kilometres east of Kenora.

Peter Marshall, director of emergency medical sevices for the Kenora District, said the damage done by the tornado was “enormous.”

One person sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and was taken by ambulance to hospital in Sioux Lookout.

The twister hit the town’s medical clinic, along with stores and hotels, Marshall said.

Elaine Peters, director of the Mary Burglund Community Health Centre said the centre, although damaged, is up and running.

“It was like a white sheet that came through — you couldn’t see anything,” said Peters.

Peters said she saw boats from a nearby compound go flying throught the air, and tops of trees get torn off.

“Everybody’s out assessing their damages,” Marshall said, adding the mood in the town was calming down.

Police from Dryden, Ontario Hydro, the department of Natural Resources, and the Ignace volunteer fire department are responding at the scene, which Marshall described as “calming down.”

“It becomes a clean-up job right now,” Marshall said.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca





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