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Storm Clean-up Registry (Posted On: Sunday, August 23, 2009)

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The Blue Mountains sets up Landowner and Volunteer registry.  Landfill fees to be deferred for storm-affected property owners.  The Blue Mountains is setting up a registry for landowners affected by Thursday’s storm and for volunteers wishing to help property owners clean-up.

Mayor Ellen Anderson and Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson met Town staff, Fire Service and Ontario Provincial Police Friday afternoon for a briefing on the damage and to further plans to deal with the situation.

The registry system will serve two purposes. For affected landowners, the registry will be a means to connect with town and other resources and to get information. Affected landowners who register will be able to take storm debris to the town landfill during extended hours Saturday, August 22 and each day through the week of August 24 to 28. Normal tipping fees will apply, but affected landowners can defer payment for up to 90 days until they have had a chance to recover cost through their insurer.

The town will also be compiling a list of volunteers willing to help affected landowners with their recovery efforts. The town will serve as facilitator to connect affected landowners with volunteers, who can then make arrangements to suit their needs. The town, due to its own infrastructure demands, cannot supply safety or other equipment. Several area building and hardware firms have offered assistance. Further information will be available on the town's web site,  once arrangements are complete.

Landowners and volunteers can register by calling 519-599-3131 extension 282 and leaving their name and contact information.

"We understand that this is a devastating experience for many people. They're hurting," said Mayor Ellen Anderson. "This is one small way we can lend a helping hand."

Town officials continue to remind the public that there are serious dangers in the areas affected by these storms. The public is asked to stay clear of these areas. Property owners should consult the Fire Department or the OPP before attempting to enter affected properties.

The severe storm which passed through the town about 4:45 p.m., Thursday, has not been confirmed as a tornado. Farms, businesses and residences were damaged and dozens of hydro lines were knocked down between the 10th Line and Delphi Point. Numerous trees, including some apple orchards, were destroyed.

The town has not received any reports of personal injuries.

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