Commuters needed hours to get to work, snow-laden tree branches groaned and snapped and thousands of people were without power Wednesday after a second major taste of winter hit Calgary with 10 days to go before summer’s end...
Trees were uprooted and roads clogged with broken branches.
The power outages, which at one point affected up to 30,000 homes and businesses, also caused traffic lights to go out.
According to Enmax, 26,000 customers are currently without power, with outages concentrated in western Calgary.
...“We are going to see some real damage and that is an extraordinary shame,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who spoke at the city’s emergency operations centre... “Rush hour will be brutal, so help us spread it out by leaving work earlier or later than normal. Maybe catch a post-work movie?” he wrote on Twitter.
The amount of damage has not been assessed, he said, but he warned the cleanup wasn’t going to happen overnight.
“We don’t have a sense of it yet, but certainly, depending on the part of the city you’re in … I was shocked at the damage,” he said.
Michael "Liar, Cheat, Falsifier and Fraud" Mann (which is the nickname he prefers, I hear) could not be reached for comment at press time.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.