Monday, February 8, 2016

Windy weekend in Pincher Creek area

Overturned trailer on Hwy 3 east of Cowley

Toni Lucas

Wind caused havoc in the Pincher Creek area during the weekend of February 5, 6 and 7.  According to TransAlta representative Wayne Oliver, wind speeds of up to 137 kilometres per hour were recorded at the top of local wind turbines.  Shingles were ripped from homes, trees were downed, drivers were challenged.

Fortis repairing downed power line on Main Street

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to two calls for fallen trees which affected power lines.  The first was Friday night February 5 on Charlotte Street, the second was Saturday morning February 6 on Main Street near Rimmington Avenue.  Fortis worked to reconnect power in both cases.  Deputy Fire Chief Pat Neumann said the department was not called out to Highway 22.  On Saturday February 6 at approximately 10:00 am local RCMP attended a  single vehicle incident on Highway 3 just east of Cowley.  A pickup truck pulling a trailer with equipment in it lost control when the trailer hitch became disconnected.  The safety chains stayed attached but the trailer ended up on its side.  RCMP reported no one was injured in the incident.

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