Friday afternoon’s tornadoes tore through parts of our listening area and as of this afternoon more than 1,700 homes remain without power most in the Calabogie area. While many people are still sifting through the debris of destroyed homes or properties cleanups are well underway in most areas but for some it will be days and weeks before there will be any sense of normalcy. For others though, who lost their homes in the EF-3 category twister that brought 265 km/h winds life will never be the same. The Dunrobin area was hardest hit along with the west and south end of Ottawa as the tornado carved its way through the Valley and into the Pontiac. No deaths have been reported. Hydro One expects the majority of those without power in our listening area to have their lights back on sometime this afternoon or tonight with estimates anywhere from 4 o’clock to 10 p.m.
Starting today … the intersection in Renfrew known as Confusion Corner may get a little more confusing as the Town says that due to construction that corner is now off limits. The intersection of Highway 60 … which is also known as Raglan Street South and Veterans Memorial Boulevard where it meets Hall Avenue and County Road 52 is now closed to all traffic until October 5th. Detours are put in place so you’ll need to budget a bit more travel time around town. So … if you’re coming in from Highway 60 the detour is going to run you along Gillan Road to Hall Avenue, then to Plaunt Street. Folks coming in from County Road 52 will be steered onto Airth Boulevard .then to Opeongo Road .from there to Bonnechere Street South and finally onto Renfrew Avenue West. If you have any questions … you’re asked to call the Department of Development & Works at 613-432-8166.
Just after 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon the Killaloe OPP were called to the scene of a serious collision between a motorcycle and a pickup truck in Algonquin Park. The driver of the bike was transported to hospital with serious injuries. Highway 60 was closed from the east gate to the west gate of the Park for a number of hours. Police say the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
AND … just a reminder that if you’re a blood donor there’s a clinic set up for this Thursday in Renfrew … at Bonnechere Manor. You can make a donation on September 27th … from 1 to 7 p.m. Canadian Blood Services says the need for donations is critical. Drop-ins are always accepted but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL … the Pembroke Lumber Kings continue to play great hockey to start the season … but came up just short on Sunday night … falling 4-3 to the Nepean Raiders at the PMC. Connor Warnholtz, Peter White, and Jared Weber scored for Pembroke while Darian MacTavish stopped 18 shots in the Pembroke net. The Lumber Kings now have a 6-and-2 record and trail the Carleton Place Canadians by one point in the standings. Carleton Place won their only weekend game beating Smiths Falls 2-0 on Friday. Zachary Tupker and Ryland Mosley scored for the Canadians while Connor Murphy stopped 11 shots and picked up the shutout.
In CCHL-2 action on the weekend … the Whitewater Kings came up big with a pair of overtime wins. On Sunday, John Enright scored just over two minutes into the extra period as the Kings beat Embrun 4-3, capping off a comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Dylan Kuehl (keel) scored twice for Whitewater, including the game tying goal in the third period that sent this one into overtime. Liam Enright also scored for the Kings … while Kevin Proulx stopped 47 shots … and earned the win. On Saturday night … Reid Barber’s unassisted goal 2:21 into overtime was the difference … as Whitewater won their home opener 2-1 against Arnprior. Liam Enright also scored for Cobden … while Danny Johnson scored the lone Packers goal. Proulx got the win for the Kings … while Cameron Scott took the loss for Arnprior.
It was the second loss in as many nights for the Packers as they got hammered 9-2 on Friday in their home opener against Ottawa. Kai Nicholson and Ryan Rivard scored for Arnprior.
Still with the CCHL-2 … the Renfrew Timberwolves won both of their weekend games topping Athens 3-2 in a shootout on Friday at home … and beating Richmond 7-3 Sunday on the road. Nicholas Crozier had the shootout winner against the Aeros … while Andrew McIntyre had a hat-trick and six points in Sunday’s win.