residents living in Orléans communities of Chatelaine
Village and Riverwalk had their Sunday afternoon interrupted
by a tornado just after 5:45 p.m. that uprooted hundreds
of trees, tore shingles off roofs, ripped fences and sheds
apart and damaged several cars.
of the tornado as it approaches Chatelaine Village
north of Hwy. 174. LISA FULLER PHOTO
no one was hurt during the incident which lasted about 10
minutes and structural damage to homes was limited to a
few broken windows and one severely damaged roof.
began to form above the Convent Glen Shopping Centre on
Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. and eventually touched down behind 857
and 859 Willow Ave., just east of Champlain Street, severely
damaging their fence and several trees in their back yard.
started seeing leaves flying around and then the fence started
shaken and the sound was unbelievable it was so loud like
a jet engine. It lasted about 15 or 20 seconds,” said homeowner
Richard Proulx who lives at 857 Willow Ave.
then traveled east causing significant tree damage on Borland
Drive. The worst hit house was 915 Borland Dr. which lost
part of its roof.
the tornado ripped through Marsha and Big Bird Parks, uprooting
dozens of mature trees and causing extensive damage to trees
and fencing along Lawnsberry and Mockingbird Drives which
border the two parks.
ripping through Big Bird Park, the tornado jumped over Tenth
Line Road and blew past the Alavida La Promenade Retirement
Residence before hitting Riverwalk.
downed tree blocks the entrance to Marsha Park in
Chatelaine Village. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
Dawson was having a cigarette outside the retirement residence
after visiting with her mother when she saw the twister
heading straight towards her.
was actually two funnel clouds and another white one that
looked like it was trying to form. I got so scared that
I ran back into the building until they passed,” said Dawson.
along Wincanton Drive and Lawlor Crescent was extensive.
At least 70 per cent of the trees were either snapped in
half or uprooted. Several of the trees fell on cars that
were parked in their driveways. But other than a bunch of
shingles getting blown off some roofs, the houses were left
Schulz was in his basement watching a movie when the tornado
hit. After it passed he had to go out the back door because
the front door was blocked by a fallen tree which caved
in the back of his Hyundai Elantra.
insane. All the trees are down. You couldn’t even walk out
here,” said Schulz.
minutes of the tornado, residents were already outside cleaning
up the damage with chainsaws. They were soon joined by professionals
like Gerry Vlug from ArborXperts, who came as soon as he
learned of the location to donate his time and expertise.
Santerre lost a tree whcih had been in her front yard on
Lawlor Crescent for the past 23 years. It was completely
uprooted and landed on the trunk of her neighbour’s car.
was on the phone with her sister when the tornado hit. “At
first I saw my neigbour’s apple tree fall on my fence and
I started crying and saying a lot of words I can’t repeat,”
said Santerre. “It’s so sad. It’s quite disheartening to
lose so many trees, but that’s Mother Nature.”
about tornadoes and you see them on TV, but you never think
they’re going to happen here in Orléans,” added Santerre.
the tornado damaged the roofs on several three-storey condo
buildings on Prestige Circle. It then traveled along the
Ottawa River turning into a water spout.
last seen on the Ottawa River near Cumberland Village heading
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