Red Deer continues to recover from a huge wind storm that pounded the area Tuesday night.
The wind speed reached more than 100 kilometres an hour.
Troy Gillard is the News Director at our sister stations in Red Deer.
He says the storm came on very quickly.
“It sounds cliché, but it really came out of nowhere. Things were fairly calm as people were heading home from work and then as the dinner hour was rolling through, this gale-force windstorm just came through Red Deer and took everybody by complete surprise and it certainly left quite a bit of destruction in its wake.”
Buildings and trees were damaged and power lines knocked down. Gillard says at it’s peak, a power outage caused by the storm affected 30 percent of customers in Red Deer.
He adds some communities around Red Deer were also hit hard.
“Innisfail, which is just a few miles south, I know their curling rink and arena suffered some damage and Sylvan Lake, which is directly to the west of Red Deer, they received quite a lot wind damage, a lot of trees along Sylvan Lake itself were downed. Otherwise, just some minor damages to businesses in Sylvan Lake. It certainly caught everyone’s attention.”
Gillard says the clean-up will require a huge community effort as all parts of the city have been affected.
“The local state of emergency here in Red Deer that was declared late (Tuesday) night, early (Wednesday) morning, it’ll be in effect for a week. I know the City of Red Deer; their resources are tapped right out. In terms of the clean-up, electric, light and power, parks and rec. crews are going to be working around the clock for, really, weeks, trying to clear this thing up. It’s going to take a community effort to get it done.”