Baufeld was devastated by a tornado. As the teaser showed, a weather warning was issued and warned residents to take cover. Thanks to the weather warning, there were no casualties in the tornado. Unfortunately, almost the entire area known as "Old Baufeld" was destroyed. Clean-up and rebuilding will be a long process, and it begins in this update. So let's go see what remains, and where Baufeld is going.
52.1 | "Old Baufeld", the area that has long been a fixture in Northern Windemere, was almost completely destroyed by the tornado. The community - and the entire region - is reeling. No tornado has touched down in Windemere in nearly 30 years. The previous tornado destroyed very little as the region wasn't as developed as it is now. The tornado touched town where Thomason is currently located.
52.2 | The industrial park experienced significant damage as 6 buildings were destroyed. Many others were damaged, but have since resumed operations.
52.3 | Debris is strewn in farmers field and their crops now locate who-knows-where. The town is facing an increasingly long clean-up process...
52.4 | What startled some the most was the seemingly random destruction. Yes, the main path the tornado took all buildings were destroyed. But nonetheless, many residents are startled to see destroyed houses next to ones completely unharmed.
52.5 | After several months of work, clean-up is almost completed. Some rubble remains but the majority has been removed. But the residents displaced by the tornado face a new challenge: their insurance companies. Since tornadoes are so rare in Windemere, tornado coverage (usally unbeknownst to residents) is not included in their insurance policy. As such, the majority of home owners are uninsured relative to tornadoes.
In order to aide these people, the Town, Regional and Provincial Governments along with several home builders are collaborating on a plan, entitled "Baufeld, They Way Forward." What this plan will execute is essentially a brand new town - with a completely different appearance from the once sleepy town. It will be a modest town with many new neighbourhoods. That is the trade off: in exchange for their help, the builders will be allowed to build several new houses in Baufeld, more than originally planned in the Town's Growth Plan.
The plan goes to residents in a vote, and passes with 90% support. In essence, a new town is born. New lot divisions on empty land will be drawn, new commerce and industry and civic services will be developed.
Where the large crane stands will be a tower and parkette to commemorate the tornado's profound impact on the town. A new park will be constructed (at the bottom of the photo) to provide a new gathering place for the enhanced community.
52.6 | Several weeks after the vote, 2 major projects are announced. A new grocery store and plaza is to be constructed while a brand new state-of-the-art hospital (large cranes) will be constructed right in Baufeld.
52.7 | Only months after the clean-up process began, huge progress is being made towards the "New" "Old Baufeld." New roads have been paved, almost all debris has finally been removed and construction is progressing on a marker, grocery store, hospital and new park. There has been a lot of progress since the tornado, but there is still a long way to go.
As always, I hope you've enjoyed this update and are looking forward to more! Comments and replies are always welcome.