Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado struck the community of Camden East on Sunday, Aug. 1, at approximately 2:30 p.m.
No one was injured, but the town was heavily damaged near the intersection of Highway 4 and County Road 1 East.
The tornado downed trees and hydro poles, damaging cars and buildings. A greenhouse behind Mccormick’s Country Store was destroyed. The roof of a the library and post office across the street was also ripped off and landed in the side of the store.
Bryan Brooks, the CAO of the Township of Stone Mills, said the roof damaged thirty mature trees along the way. Brooks has been visiting the damage site continuously since the storm. “Everyone is just happy that no body was injured,” he said. “Some property owners have been significantly impacted and our community is really rallying around those people.”
Brooks said building inspectors were on-site Tuesday to determine the structural integrity of the library building, and a report of their findings is pending.
Mccormick’s owner Lindsay Noyes reported that there was no structural damage to the interior of the store, and that no customers were entering or exiting when the tornado hit. She said the significant activity of the tornado lasted about 35 seconds. The store reopened this morning.
The clean up is on-going in Camden East today.