CLEAN UP - City crews continue to clean up the wreckage left by Tuesday’s storm. The City has said there are still 400 homes affected by power outages. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

400 homes still affected by power outages

Red Deer crews continue clean up after Tuesday’s storm

Power outages continue to affect 400 properties in Red Deer and a state of local emergency is still in effect.

Portions of Vanier Woods, Riverside Drive, Glendale, the South Hill and Parkland School, may continue without power for up to 48 more hours. Some additional small pockets of the City also remain without power.

City officials have said if residents or businesses are without power and are in an area other than Vanier Woods, to report the outage by calling 403-342-8111.

“We have seen so many residents reaching out to help each other in tough situations, whether they are helping to clear debris or offering space in their fridge to keep groceries from spoiling,” said Craig Curtis, Emergency Operations director, “We encourage everyone to continue helping neighbours, family and friends during this difficult time.”

City recreation facilities continue to offer support to residents during normal business hours. Residents can drop in to the Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Recreation Centre or Michener Aquatic Centre to shower, connect to WIFI or charge cell phones and other devices.

Trails and parks within the Waskasoo Park system remain closed today, with exception of River Bend Golf and Recreation Area, which is open; however, the pitch and putt area is closed. Discovery Canyon, Oxbows Dog Off Leash Park and Great Chief Park are also open.

In addition, there may be some scheduled events or activities that need to be cancelled; however, City officials say they do not know what that looks like just yet. The City will continue to update groups that have scheduled activities where they are impacted.

Residents can get up to date information on the City’s web site at www.reddeer.ca, by calling 403-342-8111 during this event or by following them on facebook and Twitter. Call 211 or 403-342-8111 if you require assistance is needed as a result of the power outage.

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