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Tornado-ravaged house build shows community spirit

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY – In a remarkable example of community and volunteer effort and spirit, a new home is now being constructed outside Carstairs to replace one destroyed in the Canada Day tornado.

The project is being spearheaded by Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), with Harold Friesen serving as project coordinator. The project involves the construction of a completely new house from the ground up.

“The home is being built for Elisa Humphreys. Her son and his family will live on the main level and she will be live in a suite in the basement. It’s a three-generation home,” Friesen told the Albertan.

An EF4 tornado caused a wide swath of damage north of Carstairs on July 1, destroying several homes and heavily damaging houses, farm buildings, vehicles and other property. 

Hundreds of volunteers worked for more than a month in conjunction with local and provincial companies and aid organizations to clean up after the storm.

Starting in the fall, the house building project outside Carstairs has already seen hundreds of volunteers involved, with local and area companies donating many thousands of dollars worth of labour and materials, he said.

Friesen explained that the project is coming along nicely, thanks in part to fine weather over recent weeks.

“We stared in October and the progress is going amazingly well,” he said. “We’ve got lots of local people engaged, as well as some people from a little further off who have responded to Mennonite Disaster Service calls. It’s going well.

“We have many local businesses who are either donating their entire services or donating portions of their services. We are very grateful and it is astounding response from the whole community.

“We’ve had a wonderful fall. The roof is now covered and waterproofed. We have heat in the building and it

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Tornado-ravaged house build in Central Alberta shows community spirit

Family home in Mountain View County was destroyed in July 1 tornado now being rebuilt in community effort.

in a remarkable example of community and volunteer effort and spirit, a new home is now being constructed outside Carstairs to replace one destroyed in the Canada Day tornado.

The project is being spearheaded by Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), with Harold Friesen serving as project coordinator. The project involves the construction of a completely new house from the ground up.

“The home is being built for Elisa Humphreys. Her son and his family will live on the main level and she will be live in a suite in the basement. It’s a three-generation home,” Friesen told the Albertan.

An EF4 tornado caused a wide swath of damage north of Carstairs on July 1, destroying several homes and heavily damaging houses, farm buildings, vehicles and other property. 

Hundreds of volunteers worked for more than a month in conjunction with local and provincial companies and aid organizations to clean up after the storm.

Starting in the fall, the house building project outside Carstairs has already seen hundreds of volunteers involved, with local and area companies donating many thousands of dollars worth of labour and materials, he said.

Friesen explained that the project is coming along nicely, thanks in part to fine weather over recent weeks.

“We stared in October and the progress is going amazingly well,” he said. “We’ve got lots of local people engaged, as well as some people from a little further off who have responded to Mennonite Disaster Service calls. It’s going well.

“We have many local businesses who are either donating their entire services or donating portions of their services. We are very grateful and it is astounding response from the whole community.

“We’ve had a wonderful fall.

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