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Significant Damage In Parts Of Kawartha Lakes Due To Extreme Weather On Thursday

KAWARTHA LAKES-A dangerous storm blew through Kawartha Lakes on Thursday night causing significant damage in some areas.

Members of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP responded to a call for assistance after two people were reported to be trapped in a collapsed house.

Police say shortly after 4:00 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to a house that had collapsed on Royal Oak Road near Manilla, due to severe weather in the area. A number of downed trees made the road unpassable to emergency vehicles.  Officers proceeded on foot to check on the trapped individuals, while Fire and EMS cleared the roadway of debris to allow access to the scene

One individual was treated by EMS and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Courtesy Colin Williamson

Royal Oak Road remains closed from Simcoe Street to White Rock Road while Kawartha Lakes Roads Department cleans up the fallen trees.

Near Little Britain Courtesy Craig B

A couple of barns were heavily damaged near Little Britain. Numerous trees were down in the area as well.

Near Little Britain Courtesy Craig B

One had animals inside at the time. It’s unclear if there were any injuries.

Near Little Britain Courtesy Craig B

There was some flooding along Kent Street in Lindsay.

Courtesy Joanne Northey

Trees were knocked down on Victoria Avenue.

Courtesy Nena Bovie


Ontario Emergency Preparedness offers the following safety tips:

  • be aware of weather conditions and warnings
  • seek shelter immediately if a warning has been issued or you believe one could occur

If you’re indoors:

  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  • If you don’t have a basement, go to the centre of an interior room on the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls – put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture – use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Don’t open windows.

For more safety tips go to:



Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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