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Goderich cleanup continues

Debris in downtown Goderich, Ont. after tornado on Aug. 21, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins.

Goderich, Ont., is still under a state of emergency as cleanup efforts continue two days after a devastating tornado left one person dead and destroyed more than 100 buildings.

The town council is expected to meet Tuesday to discuss rebuilding efforts following Sunday’s F3 tornado. The Ontario government has promised $5 million in aid to the ravaged town of 8,000 people, and the special meeting is to allocate those funds.

About 5,000 homes are still without power and 3,000 of those are without gas. About 200 businesses were damaged and 15 homes were completely destroyed.

It could take three days to restore gas and power, officials said, and about a week longer to get businesses up and running.

At least 37 people were injured and Norman Laberge, a 61-year-old worker at a salt mine, was killed as winds of 280 km/h raged through the beach and port town on the eastern shores of Lake Huron.

The storm came nearly two years to the day after a tornado claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy in Durham, Ont., and destroyed more than 600 homes in Vaughan, north of Toronto.

With files from The Canadian Press