Our communities of Calabogie and White Lake have been in the news over the last few days because the Friday September 21st storm that generated the tornadoes in the Ottawa area, originated in Calabogie and traveled in a straight line over White Lake to Dunrobin.
We had a short storm at our farm while it passed by but nothing alarming. It would have traveled over White Lake south of our farm - the lake is very long from south to north. The winds had been very strong at our farm that warm, humid day. That storm did take our power out until Saturday just after 7 PM.
On mid day Saturday, son Ken dropped in after a brief visit to their cottage on Centennial Lake which is west of Calabogie. There was power and no damage at Ken and Michelle's cottage. He did report that there were a number of trees down along the highway in Calabogie near our property. On Saturday evening I finally saw on TV the devastation in Dunrobin and the other areas in Ottawa and it was overwhelming.
On Sunday afternoon Hugh and I went to our Calabogie Lake property where we found several large limbs down off a beautiful big maple tree at the back (road side) of the property. There were other trees and hydro lines down along the lane into our place. Our neighbour Frank, after cleaning up a large pine tree that had fallen on his property, had very kindly cut and cleared branches off of our driveway. Hugh must have suspected something because he had brought along the chainsaw and jumped right into action.
Hugh eventually returned to the truck to ask if I was getting out. He'd forgotten that I need assistance in disembarking after my knee surgery last Monday! This was the first day I'd ventured out since the surgery.
Here's the view from the water side deck towards the back of the yard and the big maple tree. In the low light, it's a little hard to see the broken branches. And we now have another, unexpected brush pile. That's the back end of Chase in the foreground!
And you can see that lots of building supplies have arrived on site.
Holly headed straight into the water as usual and she seems delighted with her new, sleek labrador retriever look after her haircut last Wednesday. The water must be quite a bit cooler now but it didn't seem to bother her. She also seems to be swimming more quickly without all of that extra weight!
Last evening we discovered that the Calabogie storm has been classified as a tornado. Other lake neighbours told us on Sunday that the sky had turned kind of green when the storm passed through.
Here's some local news coverage and the latest in the Ottawa Citizen and an earlier Ottawa Citizen article.
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