Elie // is the largest community in the Rural Municipality of Cartier in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The town of approximately 550 people is located approximately 30 km (19 mi) west of Winnipeg along the Trans-Canada Highway. The Assiniboine River forms the northern boundary of the municipality of Cartier. Other significant communities around Elie include St. Eustache, Dacotah and Springstein.
The June 22, 2007 tornado
The town was hit by an F5 tornado, the most powerful ever recorded in Canada, which damaged a flour mill and destroyed several houses, ripping two well-built houses off their foundations. A car was also thrown 100 metres (330 ft), but the tornado only caused one injury and no deaths, as the people had an early warning which provided them with enough time to look for protection. Warnings were provided by Environment Canada.
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