Sunday, November 6, 2011

not in kansas anymore.....

sunday, august 21, 2011

the following is a tribute to the town of goderich, ontario, canada where i raised my family and had a home for
12 years
a long, but deserving post

before and after photos of goderich ontario.   the result of
F3 tornado with 280 - 300 km per hour winds
 i found the pics on google images (above and below)

from wikipedia
On the afternoon of August 21, 2011, an F3[7] tornado touched down in the town, after coming ashore as a waterspout as the mesocyclone thunderstorm cell moved across Lake Huron. It was the strongest tornado that had hit Ontario since the Arthur, Ontario tornado of April 20, 1996, though on average, F3 tornadoes occur in Ontario every eight years. The devastating storm downed power lines, tore roofs off houses, and left cars and trees scattered along city streets. Hundred-year-old trees surrounding the Goderich Courthouse were uprooted in seconds. The tornado killed one person: Norman Laberge, 61, of Lucknow, who was working in a salt mine on the coast of Lake Huron when the storm hit. 37 people were injured. The Environment Canada weather forecast office in Toronto issued a tornado warning for Goderich and southern Huron County 12 minutes before the tornado struck.[8] The town does not have a tornado siren unlike some other Ontario cities.

i was home at the time, preparing my house for sale
my self and my home were not injured, although the most beautiful tree in the yard
crashed down ( only part of it ) and buried my car
believe me, it is nothing compared to what happened

i have attached a few video clips and words from others
i could not possibly say it better
all credit is shown on the youtube videos and written where i could find it

the above photo shows the tornado path from the lake to the salt evaporator
plant (photo by joe gowanlock)

"On August 21, 2011 an F3 Tornado ripped through my town and changed the
face of it forever. This is a 3 part story- the before, the
destruction and the cleanup. This is a tribute to those who lost, and those
who came to the aid of our community. The response from all those who
wanted to help was unbelievable, overwhelming and will never be forgotten.
It was amazing to see everyone from children to the pro's pitch in and do
whatever they could to help out.

Thank You All."

also a link to the town web site

another great video tribute/documentary

the following is a link to another video
made by an elvis impersonator in the goderich area.
well done,  mr granger

 i will post more updates on this later
much has changed since august........ in a good way
im pretty sure this is the sentiment of many goderich residents

 thanks pooch ninja for this pic

well said !!

~ pooch xx


  1. Wow, you've been through it!!! Thanks for the was great to hear that you sold your house!

  2. It looks horrible. You made it through, so glad and happy for you. Wishing you all the luck at the new place.
    Have a nice week ahead Laura:)

  3. A couple of weeks ago we had 157 kph winds and it was awful, so I simply can't imagine what that might be like. Glad to know you were OK. Great post.

  4. Hi Laura
    How sad.. and what an experience.. guess they didn't want you to leave bury the car like that.. Good to hear there are improvements since the destruction took place..

    Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

  5. Glad you made it through!

    Aloha from Honolulu

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  6. Great post and videos! How tragic and I'm so glad that you and your home were not damaged! We are no strangers to natural disasters (with the hurricanes), here in Louisiana, so I understand how devastating they can be. It's always a long, slow road to recovery, but it always amazes me how people pull together after these events.

  7. After reading this post I'll never moan at our pathetic little rainstorm weather again, hope you and your town can bounce back from this soon.

  8. So glad you are OK, well at least physically. Such a horrible event, but as your beautiful post shows, this beautiful towns spirit can not be crushed. A heartwarming and impressive tribute to this town and all of the people who live and contribute to it.


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