By Sheldon Spackman
You could see the storm coming from the north and northwest for a while before it arrived but when it did, shortly before 7 pm, it packed a powerful punch that the City of Red Deer is still trying to recover from. Winds in excess of 112 km/hr were recorded in some areas and left behind significant damage in many places. City officials say as much as 35 percent of Red Deer was without power at one point.
Downed trees and power outages are still impacting traffic flows across the city as crews continue to clean up after the storm. This, while Parks crews continue to assess the state of City parks and Red Deer’s highly regarded trail systems. Officials say all parks/trails in the Waskasoo Park system are closed, with the following exceptions:
- River Bend Golf and Recreation Area is open; however, the pitch and putt area is closed.
- Discovery Canyon is open.
- Oxbows Dog Off Leash Park is open.
- Great Chief Park/Bower Ponds is expected to open at some point on June 21st.
Although the storm thankfully did not cause any fatalities, there was one minor injury sustained at the Lion’s Campground in the city. Officials say that person was taken to hospital for treatment and later released. The storm did however cause three school closures in Red Deer. They included Mountview School and Gateway Christian School in the Red Deer Public School District and also Parkland School.
City Transit services remain running as normal.
Officials say residents can dispose of any downed tree branches at the north snow storage facility (6859 Edgar Industrial Drive). Drop off is free of charge and the facility is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Garbage, sod, or other yard waste material will not be accepted at the Edgar site.
Mayor Tara Veer says a big Thank You needs to be extended to all city crews and contractors working to clean up and restore power to the community. Also to the Town of Penhold and Red Deer County for their help with the storm clean up and securing emergency sites on Tuesday evening.
For more information on the Local State of Emergency still in effect in the City of Red Deer, Click Here.