Collingwood’s Sister City Recovering From Massive Storm System


Two people were found dead in the rubble of a home in Boone, North Carolina, according to the Boone Fire Department. (photo courtesy WRAL News)

Boone North Carolina residents are cleaning up after a massive storm system caused flooding and landslides throughout the region. The first named storm of the season, Alberto, made landfall earlier in the week as a subtropical storm tracked north and impacted the North Carolina region before continuing up the eastern coast of the United States.

Two people were killed after a home was destroyed in a landslide. Excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall caused small creeks and streams in the area to flood.


— Photo courtesy: The State

The situation was so bad it caused North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency for the western parts of the North Carolina following intense rain that triggered mudslides and flooding Tuesday night (May Nay 29th) and into Wednesday morning. Officials say 4 to 7 inches of rain fell on the region over a short period of time.


I know the people of Boone will rally around each other
former Collingwood Mayor Terry Geddes

Former Collingwood Mayor Terry Geddes was in office when Boone and Collingwood became sister cities in the late 1990’s.

“Boone became a sister city when I was Mayor and I have had opportunites to visit the community. It’s as close in comparison as you’ll ever see to Collingwood with the mountains and the recreation. Boone has all of the same attributes that the people of Collingwood have and I know the people of Boone will rally around each other and do their best to make sure things are brought back to normal as quickly as possible.”

The storm has moved on and the cleanup in Boone continues.

That same storm system gave Collingwood and southern Ontario a glancing blow on Thursday (May 31st) as it continues to move north/east.



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