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Vaughan tornado cleanup cost the city $730k

The damage in Vaughan following a 2009 tornado. CITYNEWS.

A violent tornado that ripped through Vaughan two years ago cost the city $730,000 to clean up, the mayor’s office told CityNews on Friday.

The F2 rated windstorm, which tore roofs from homes and buildings and sent rubble everywhere, also claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy in Durham.

Vaughan mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua’s office said cleaning up the mess cost $730,00, but it didn’t include the cost of replacing the 1,800 trees that perished.

More than 600 homes were damaged, and of those, a dozen had to be torn down completely, Vaughan deputy fire chief Gregory Senay told CityNews on Friday.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada has not provided overall damage estimates for homes.

On Saturday, Vaughan residents will hold a street party on Maple’s Fairmont Street to mark the two-year anniversary of the tornado. The mayor will attend.

On Aug. 20, 2009, Ontario was hit by at least 18 tornadoes – a record, Environment Canada noted, for the most in one day in the country’s history.