A little extra cleaning was in order before people could enjoy their cabins Canada Day weekend at Canora Beach.
Following the June 24 storm clearing roads of fallen trees and picking up debris moved by high winds were just a few extra tasks for cabin owners.
Watching the heavy rainfall from his covered deck was “like looking through a waterfall,” said Canora Beach resident Wayne Gerrard.
Through flashes of lightning, Gerrard caught glimpses of his pontoon boat’s upheaval as Gerrard watched the storm on his covered deck.
“For a moment you could see the boat still sitting there but rocking. and then the next time you looked the boat was gone,” said Gerrard.
Of three boats that were swamped by the storm, Gerrard’s was the last to be turned upright.
Without a boat to go for rides on, “I know the grandchildren won’t be happy,” said Gerrard.
The “funny thing” about the storm was seeing “great big things moving all around and other things never even moved at all,” said Gerrard. For example, he saw trampolines stuck in trees yet hanging flower baskets remained untouched.
Residents were without power or water for about 22 hours.
Although some seasonal residents had not yet visited their damaged property by Saturday, much of the community was already cleaned, including the public beach.
“All the neighbours chipped in and helped everyone very good around here. The whole community deserves praise in here for sure,” said Gerrard.