Southeastern Alberta is recovering from a severe storm that downed power lines and damaged homes

Residents of southeastern Alberta clean up after a thunderstorm and high winds swept through the area on Monday, uprooting trees, knocking down power lines and damaging homes and businesses.

The severe storm battered the area with powerful gusts on Monday, knocking out power for thousands of people in Medicine Hat, nearby Redcliff and Cypress County.

On Tuesday afternoon, Medicine Hat officials said power had been restored to all but 100 residents, with crews working to restore power as soon as possible.

The storm forced the regional airport and hospital to rely on backup power, officials said, but both facilities are now back on the regular distribution system.

“Crews expect to discover broken poles and infrastructure in the coming days,” the city said in a statement Tuesday, adding that some roads may be closed due to live power lines.

Residents of surrounding Cypress County were also hard hit, with reports of homes and livestock lost. County officials said earlier in the day that three families were being housed.

Damage to electrical and residential infrastructure in the county would be significant.

Medicine Hat officials said employees from the Town of Redcliff, City of Lethbridge, Cypress County, Fortis Alberta, Altalink, Alberta Health Services and private contractors are all working together to answer.

“We are extremely grateful that there were no injuries or loss of life during this weather event,” Coun said. Ramona Robins, deputy mayor of Medicine Hat, in a statement.

She said council’s thoughts are with the residents who suffered property damage, especially those in Redcliff and Cypress County.

“We have deep gratitude for all of the city crews and community partners who have worked tirelessly to restore power and keep the city safe,” she said.

The city said electrical power was diverted through various substations, switches and transformers to restore power quickly and temporarily.

Dark clouds over a parking lot in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Monday afternoon. (Submitted by Travis Meier)

Damage to Redcliff

Jaubron Widdis, manager of Riverview Golf Club, said Redcliff Golf Course suffered extensive damage in Monday’s storm.

“We have trees that have been completely uprooted and we have branches all over our fairways,” he said.

Widdis said the golf club building suffered no damage and no one was injured. The golf club posted a message on its Facebook page on Tuesday morning asking for volunteers to help clean the course.

The Riverview Golf Club in Redcliff, Alta., suffered extensive damage to trees on its course during Monday’s storm. (Submitted by Jaubron Widdis)

Widdis said about 65 people showed up.

“The response has been phenomenal,” he said.

“It was very heartwarming to see how much they care about the community.… We had probably six to eight people who brought their own chainsaws, and almost everyone had at least a rake or mowers.”

The golf club hopes to reopen by noon on Thursday or Friday, according to Widdis.

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