Twisters touch down in Ottawa on Friday - Local church is devastated but not defeated

Environment Canada confirmed today that six tornados touched down in parts of a neighbourhood in the Ottawa, Gatineau area. Photos of the devastation show broken hydro lines, downed trees on roads and sidewalks, and shattered windows and cars.
Over 145,000 residents were without power and hundreds of buildings and homes were damaged, including Arlington Woods Free Methodist Church, which lost power and much of their roof from the tornados. 


The pastor of Arlington Woods, Mike Hogeboom told CBC News, “It feels like we’ve been violated; everything is just so wide open and something that was very sacred is now just kind of ripped apart.”

The congregation worshiped despite the damage and held their Sunday service in the church parking lot. Arlington Woods is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse Disaster relief to help their neighbours.   

The church is asking for help to clean properties as well as help with the Care Centre they have now created in their parking lot. Residents of the city can go to the Arlington Wood’s website to sign up to help with clean up, or to request assistance.
People have stepped up to offer warm food, coffee, and other supplies.  
If you are interested in helping with relief work or donating see here.
Or see Arlington Woods Facebook for updates
PHOTO: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press
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