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Smiths Falls largely spared from storm damage

The town did see an influx of visitors over the weekend, looking for food and gas.
2021-05-04 Smiths Falls Town Hall MV2
Smiths Falls Town Hall, 2021. Mike Vlasveld/ CityNews

The line of storms that caused so much damage in Eastern Ontario over the long weekend seemed to skirt around the Town of Smiths Falls.

"Some small damage, modest damage, but we didn't suffer they way rural communities around us suffered," said Shawn Pankow, mayor of Smiths Falls to The Sam Laprade Show on May 26.

He explained that due to being one of the more urban centres with power, many people came from neighbouring communities came to the town to stock up on supplies.

"Probably the biggest impact we had was just the influx of people looking for goods, looking for gas, looking for groceries, lining up at the drive-thru," said Pankow.

The mayor said line-ups were an hour long at times over the weekend, but the community was very accommodating, and visitors were understanding when business owners ran out of some of the necessities.

Listen to Shawn Pankow discuss the impact of the storm on Smiths Falls below:

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