In the heart of summer

Wacky weather strikes Stettler region

Rain, wind, thunder — and even hail — take turns in past week

Summer storms with thunder and lightning, rain and hail knocked down crops and knocked out power last week in the Stettler area.

Some crops east of Stettler were damaged during a storm last Thursday that swept through the area for about 10 minutes just before 5 p.m.

“It looks like we had 22 claims east of Stettler,” said Brian Tainch, manager on farm inspection for the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation regional office. “It wasn’t a huge number, and we haven’t been out to look at the damage.”

Hailstones were from pea to marble size, he said, and the crops in that area are mainly canola and cereal.

Vehicles in low-lying areas stood in a few inches of water and motorists drove through “small ponds.”

Lightning was identified as the cause of a brief power outage in downtown Stettler on Friday during noon hour.

“It was related to lightning,” said Allan Gano, ATCO Electric’s east-central district manager.

Electricity was knocked out just before noon on the west side of Main Street, and extended to 54 Street between 51 Avenue and the railway tracks. Power was restored at 1:15 p.m.

An ATCO employee called to the scene said the cause might have been lightning, “as someone reported that they saw fire dancing on the wire,” Gano said.

Wires were struck on the lines in an alley. “We were fortunate that our protections worked the way they were designed and we were able to repair the service promptly,” Gano said. “Throughout the summer months, our staff often works long hours to restore power safely.”

Just Posted

Red Deer resident releases a set of inspiring new titles

Bev Burton excited to share her story via Create Your Calm Waters and Arise & Shine

National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is May 18th

Alberta RCMP participates in Canada Road Safety Week during Victoria Day long weekend

‘Shop Stettler’ awareness campaign is underway

Promotional campaign runs through to June 8th

Unveil Studio’s new project, Dream, explores meaning and purpose

The episodic series, shot by Matt and Dan Kooman, consists of inspiring stories from around the world

Stettler’s own Dacia Gramlick performs June 8th at the Stettler Alliance Church

Gramlick heads to Salzburg, Austria in July for an exciting learning opportunity

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Authorities warn out-of-control wildfire could cut northern Alberta town’s electricity

Alberta Transportation has closed Highway 35 south of High Level due to the fire

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

Those against Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aren’t worried about promise to fight critics of energy industry

Almost $13 million to be paid to Grande Prairie hospital subcontractors, others

No reasons for the Court of Queen’s Bench order were released

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

Two female passengers in the Corolla, aged 31 and 65, died at the scene

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

‘What’s your number?’: Advocates urge Canadians to check their blood pressure

May 17 is World Hypertension Day, marked to spread awareness on the risks of high blood pressure

National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is May 18

Alberta RCMP participates in Canada Road Safety Week during Victoria Day long weekend

Most Read