Red Deer, Alberta Declared A State of Emergency June-21-2017
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A Prairie windstorm on June 20-2017 left Red Deer to declare a state of emergency after wind gusts up to 110km/h causing Shingles to rip of roofs, uprooting massive tree trunks and causing motorcycles and trucks to loose control on the roads.
Craig Curtis city manager said Red Deer experienced an extreme storm, one that doesn’t compare to any he has ever seen.
Up to 20 per cent of the city was still without power Wednesday after black skies, hail and wind left the city devastated.
One man was injured, treated and released at Red Deer Regional Hospital after being struck by debries in the Red Deer river valley, which was hit the hardest by wind gusts.
A couple living along Mitchell Avenue in the community of Eastview for nearly two decades, came home to find a massive century-old tree snapped from its trunk and crashed on top of their roof. They are pretty shocked and were glade they were not home when this happened.
Tara Shnd, public information officer for Red Deer, said an operation centre has been setup to help residents and business deal with the devistation, including broken, doors windows, ripped roofs and broken trees.
Officials shut down the entire Waskasoo park system, connected to both the Red Deer river and Waskasoo creek, due to thousands of toppled trees, shrubs, debris and the safety risks they pose.