Andrea Stockton, staff writer
July 14, 2010 — It's been 10 years since a deadly tornado ripped through a trailer park in Pine Lake, Alberta.
It's an event that's still fresh in the minds of many people.
What was once known as a perfect escape, soon turned into a disaster zone 10 years ago. On July 14th, 2000 a deadly tornado stormed through a trailer park in Pine Lake, Alberta. And now, several years later the horrific event is still a vivid memory.
Especially for victims like Phyllis Galleberg who nearly died. She lost her left leg and elbow and was almost unrecognizable to both family members and rescue workers.
“I was covered with a sheet and he walked away because he thought I was dead and he went to help other people. When he heard me cry out he came back.”
While Phyllis lives to tell the story today, 12 others died and a hundred others were injured. “I come to visit and I always go to the graves there because it just made me feel so bad to think that they had to die and I had to live,” says Galleberg.
The tornado touched down shortly before 7 p.m., just five kilometres west of the campground.
It continued to travel east for about 30 minutes, while creating a destructive path in its wake. The twister was later confirmed as an F3 on the Fujita scale with winds gusting to around 330km/h.
The tornado was the deadliest storm in North America that year and is still the fourth worst in Canadian history.