Riots cause millions of dollars in damage to businesses downtown

Vancouver businesses are surveying millions of dollars in damage inflicted by rioters after last night's post hockey-game mayhem in the city's downtown.

Wynne Powell, CEO of the London Drugs chain of stores, says he's relieved none of his staff were hurt as hundreds of looters smashed glass and stole computers, cameras, make-up -- anything they could get their hands on.

Powell says he's grateful police arrived within 10 minutes of being called to ensure store employees were safe as about 200 thieves rushed in and cars burned just down the street.

Charles Gauthier, head of the downtown Business Improvement Association, says he's dismayed and shocked by the damage to about 50 properties.

He encouraged business owners to provide any video footage and photos of rioters to police.

Premier Christy Clark and Mayor Gregor Robertson also toured the damage in the area as city crews and hundreds of Vancouverites cleaned up the streets.

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