Aftermath of tornado in Montérégie: “Everything I built is all gone”

Aftermath of tornado in Montérégie: “Everything I built is all gone”
Aftermath of tornado in Montérégie: “Everything I built is all gone”

It was time to clean up and assess the damage on Tuesday morning, the day after the tornado which struck the day before late in the afternoon in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, in Montérégie.

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The owner of a residence in Très-Saint-Rédempteur, near the Ontario border, was still “a little bit in shock” as he walked on his property Tuesday morning.

“We just arrived today and just walking around, we have a little bit of a lump in our throat,” said Daniel Gélinas in an interview with LCN. Everything I’ve built in the last few years is all gone. It’s all starting again. We’re going to do what we need to do. We’re going to talk to the insurance companies and see what we can do.”

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The day before, around 5:30 p.m., he had to take refuge in his small basement when the wind was unleashed on his property.

“It happened so quickly,” he said. I was having my coffee and things started moving outside. I went to see the wind. It was spinning and there were things going around in the air. I took my dog ​​and we jumped into the cellar. By the time it took to get on the ground, it was already over.”

He then went out to see the damage to his property.

“With my dog ​​we took a walk, we saw everything that had happened and eventually, I saw that my roof was gone,” he mentions. I went to my office where I normally work, my desk was covered in wood and debris. It’s just lucky I wasn’t working at the time.”

Although he remains in good spirits, Mr. Gélinas is saddened to have to face the important task before him.

“There we are going to rebuild,” he says. It’s going to cost quite a bit for everything we’ve done on the ground. The house is the biggest thing. I don’t know what the insurance companies will say about that, but we’ll see.”

Environment Canada has confirmed that the strong winds that struck around 5:30 p.m. Monday in Très-Saint-Rédempteur and Rigaud were indeed a tornado.

See the full explanation in the video above

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