Friday, August 21, 2009

Tornado Touches Down at Georgian Reaks

Yesterday's series of late afternoon thunderstorms spawned a number of tornadoes across south-central Ontario the closest of which appeared to have been at the base of the Georgian Peaks Ski Club on Highway 26 between Craigleith and Thornbury. The devastation was very evident along the Highway 26 corridor with hydro poles and trees snapped like toothpicks. Upon closer inspection numerous buildings including several ski chalets sustained severe damage. The accompanying photo shows the maintenance building at the Georgian Peaks Ski Club which had its roof and large overhead doors completely torn off. Additional debris is shown in the background further up the hill. To the left of this photo was a small hut previously located part way up the slopes at the top of one of the chairlifts.
This latest weather event comes on the heels of what has been a very unsual summer. Mother Nature has the ability to change quickly and dramatically. I have not heard of any injuries in the aftermath of this storm locally however a teenager was killed yesterday as the result of a roof collapse at a camp in the Durham area.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.