Hugh McPherson surveys the damage after two spruce trees fell on his property Wednesday afternoon. “We’re very lucky actually they both came down like they did” said McPherson. “They hit part of the house but they didn’t do any damage to the main structure”. One of the two trees snapped and fell onto another tree pushing it over and uprooting it in the process said McPherson. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Red Deer north industrial parks lose power

Thousands in the dark in surrounding area

More than 100 businesses lost power in Queens and Edgar Industrial Parks Wednesday afternoon as a rain and wind storm moved through Red Deer.

Other parts of the city experienced power outages.

Jim Jorgensen, Red Deer Electric Light and Power manager, said two big wind gusts at about 4:15 p.m. started causing outages in the city. Though many of the outages were isolated and minor, he said the biggest outage was in the north end industrial parks.

Jorgensen said most power losses were dealt with quickly.

Surrounding Red Deer, Fortis reported about 14,273 customers had lost power in areas from Nordegg to Red Deer and from Innisfail to Ponoka.

Great Chief Park and all community ball diamonds/sports fields were closed today due to the rain.

Around 6 p.m. the City of Red Deer advised motorists to stay off the road until conditions improved.

Jorgensen asks that if someone sees a downed power line to not go near it and call the Red Deer after hours line at 403-348-5700.

For downed trees on city property, call 403-342-8238. To report power outages call 403-348-5700.

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