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WATCH: Wynne to travel to Angus this week

Premier tells Newstalk 1010 province is trying to help community

The province has reached out to Angus after a tornado damaged houses and left hundreds homeless in the community.

Premier Kathleen Wynne tells Newstalk 1010 emergency management crews are on the ground near Barrie and the Minister of Community Safety has been speaking with local officials.

There is no financial aid committed, but Wynne says officials will help the community apply for disaster relief funding.

When pressed on why the Premier didn't go to Angus on Wednesday, she said she will be heading there later in the week.

Wynne brushes aside suggestions that she's Toronto's Premier - a term her critics have often used -  denying she responded to the ice storm in Toronto in a more timely fashion.

She says her prayers are with affected families.

She issued this statement later in the day:

 "Today, the people of Angus and other communities across Ontario are dealing with the shock and devastation caused by last night's tornado and severe thunderstorms.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their homes, and I will be visiting the area in the coming days to offer my support. Provincial officials, including those from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, are on the ground working closely with local representatives to assist the community.

Thousands of homes have been left without power. Hydro One crews have made significant progress restoring power and are working as quickly as possible to bring everyone back online.

I know that the people of Ontario are strong. The community has pulled together and is rallying around those who have been most impacted by the storm. This caring and compassion will help them as they rebuild."

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  1. Dean posted on 06/18/2014 12:25 PM
    Isn't this how the Wizard of Oz started, with a wicked witch visiting a tornado site?
  2. This Is What You Wanted posted on 06/18/2014 12:36 PM
    Why do these people go anywhere anyway? What does mother nature got to do with the province? Don't these people have home insurance? It's called personal responsibility.
    You choose to build a big house then you choose to insure it.
    Everyone needs to become like a vase and stand on their own two feet. This includes the wealthy and the lazy people.
    Both show up on the taxpayers doorstep when their pocket books are being squeezed.
    It's GOT TO STOP!
  3. Angry Bill posted on 06/19/2014 01:21 PM
    I don't think Angus is should have to deal with two natural disasters in such a short space of time. :(
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