Security of peoples' valuables a concern in wake of Manitoba tornado
ALONSA, Man. — Security officers are being hired to keep looters away from a Manitoba campground that was hit by a deadly tornado last weekend.
The Rural Municipality of Alonsa has decided to hire two security officers as soon as possible to protect the Lake Manitoba campground and beachfront near the community of Alonsa.
The EF4 twister that struck Friday evening tore through Alonsa, Silver Ridge and the Margaret Bruce Beach area, scattering debris everywhere.
Municipal councillors say there are concerns thieves might nab valuables that campers had to leave behind, noting that barriers indicating the closure of the beach road have already been ignored.
Coun. Logan Dumanske says he's heard there have already been looters roaming the site in search of treasure.
The tornado killed a 77-year-old Alonsa resident, Jack Furrie, and left behind an 800-metre path of destruction as it swirled on the ground for about 20 minutes.
"It's pretty bad when some people have to gain on other peoples' misery," said Dumanske, who noted that those who attended the first council meeting after the tornado favoured tighter security.
Vehicles, trash and oil remain in the water, after being tossed there by the swirling wind.
Coun. Edward Waczko said the municipality is waiting to hear from Environment Canada about how to safely deal with those issues.
Under the leadership of a team from Christian Aid Ministries, over 20 volunteers, including members of the local Mennonite church, showed up to help clear debris both Monday and Tuesday.
CAM general administrator Ronald Jantzi said the relief efforts will cost the organization between $5,000 to $10,000. He said he suspects their team will be working in Alonsa until late Thursday or Friday.
"The goal is to bring hope back to individuals, victims and encouragement," he said. (Winnipeg Free Press)
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