Environment Canada is now saying that our listening area got hit with not 2 … but 3 tornadoes … last Friday. The first two tore through Ottawa and Gatineau and the 3rd with winds reaching 175km/h hit Calabogie. It touched down just after 4:15 p.m. and tracked roughly 15 kms east to White Lake leaving a trail of destruction in its path. Several homes in the surrounding area ended up suffering damage to their roofs … and the power remained out in some areas until Monday night. The tornado that hit Calabogie was classified as an EF-1 … with winds as high as 175 km/h.
Still with the Friday tornadoes, the Emergency Measures Committee of the Municipality of Pontiac says about 100 residents were affected to varying degrees and 20 houses were significantly damaged. The Pontiac’s Public Works team is currently concentrating their efforts on clearing debris from public roads and infrastructures and discussions are ongoing with the provincial and regional governments in order to identify possible strategies to clear the extra debris in the area affected. Meanwhile, property owners must take care of the cleaning on their private properties. With regard to assistance to the victims of the disaster the Municipality invites citizens to direct their requests for accommodation, food or clothing to the Red Cross at 1-877-362-2433. Drinking water is available at the Municipality of Pontiac during regular office hours.
The flags at all Town of Arnprior facilities are flying at half-mast today in honour and recognition of former Mayor Patricia Robinson who passed away on September 20th in Kingston. Robinson who was the town’s first and only female mayor to date served as head of council from 1989 to 1994 after a stint on council from 1976 through 1989 first as councillor then as Deputy Reeve. In her 18 consecutive years on council Robinson took great value in representing the priorities of residents and businesses alike and always had the Town’s best interests at heart. A funeral mass was held for her at St. John Chrysostom (krizz-oss-tum) Church in Arnprior. Pat Robinson was 86.
AND IN SPORTS …
The national Jr A rankings are in for this week and our two local teams grab an Honourable Mention in the list of the country’s top junior hockey teams. The Pembroke Lumber Kings and the Carleton Place Canadians are just outside the list of Canada’s top-20 teams after hot starts to the season. The only CCHL team making the list is the Hawkesbury Hawks … who check in at #14. All three teams are in the top-3 in the CCHL standings.
Still with the CCHL, Pembroke’s Malcolm Arseneau was the league’s Player of the Week last week after scoring four goals and adding four assists in just three games. The New Brunswick native leads the league in scoring … with five goals and 14 points in eight games leading Pembroke to a 6-and-2 record.