Following a tremendous windstorm last night, The City of Red Deer declared a local state of emergency in response to numerous power outages and fallen debris across Red Deer. The local state of emergency gives The City access to additional resources, including personnel, from other orders of government if required.
“Red Deer experienced an extreme storm last night; one that doesn’t compare to any I have ever experienced in Red Deer,” said Craig Curtis, City Manager. “The storm resulted in a number of power outages all across Red Deer. Due to the volume and complexity of outages, some neighbourhoods will take longer to be connected back to power. We are anticipating it could be up to two days for some areas, although this is only an estimate based on the information we have at this time.”
City crews spent the night assessing the damage as a result of the windstorm and triaging work, dealing with major safety issues first. Red Deer County, the Town of Penhold and contractors have been providing assistance since early yesterday evening to help get power back on and clean up the city.
Power is still out in approximately 20 per cent of Red Deer.
- West half of Riverside Meadows – undetermined.
- Behind Village Mall – behind Highland Green – expected to have power back at 12:30 p.m.
- Timberlands – undetermined
- Grandview, Eastview – expected to have power back this morning.
- Vanier East – 24 hours or more
- Riverside Drive area (small) - undetermined
- A number of smaller outages are still being assessed
As some areas of Ross Street are closed, when entering the downtown westbound on Ross Street, detour at 40 Avenue north to 55 Street or south to 39 Street. For exiting the downtown core, choose routes other than Ross Street at this time.
The whole Waskasoo park system is currently closed until further notice to ensure the safety of residents and allow for the clean-up of the areas. All transit routes will be in operation except for route 12 to Gasoline Alley.
Below are some tips to follow during a power outage:
- Turn off appliances and unplug all sensitive electronic equipment. Keep one light switch turned on so you know when the power comes back on.
- Think safety. Do not bring your gas or charcoal barbecue indoors. Be careful with candles.
Please consider food safety during a power outage. If the freezer door is left closed, food can stay frozen for many hours (12 to 48 hours depending on how full the freezer is and what kind of food is stored there). Most food will keep in the fridge for 24 hours. Dairy products, however, should be discarded after six hours.
Residents can get up-to-date information on The City’s website at www.reddeer.ca, by calling 403-342-8111 during this event or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Call 403-342-8111 if assistance is needed as a result of the power outage.
Visit www.reddeer.ca for more information.