Vaughan Mayor Linda Jackson says 38 homes remain uninhabitable following a tornado that ripped through the city last week.

More than 600 homes were damaged by the twister that hit parts of Woodbridge and Maple last Thursday. It was initially reported that residents were forced from 44 homes seriously damaged by the storm.

But Jackson told a media conference in a damaged area of Maple yesterday that just 38 homes remained awaiting repairs. Of those, she said just a couple would have to be demolished.

Chris Cable of the York Catholic District School Board said she hoped St. Peter's elementary school would be repaired by the time classes start on Sept. 8. If not, students would temporarily attend classes at a nearby location still to be determined.

Jackson said emergency shelters opened after the tornado hit were to be closed tonight. She said no residents needed the centres for accommodation as members of the community rallied to help each other.

In their place, information centres will open to give residents updates on how and where to seek help.

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