Records, signs and trees fall in Regina during howling winter storm
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In an emailed statement the City of Regina said crews have been dispatched to “provide a temporary repair on the pedway.”
Bus transit was re-routed off 11th Avenue in the downtown and all stops along the avenue have been relocated to 12th Avenue.
The statement went on to say that the only other damage to city facilities were broken windows at the Regina Floral Conservatory’s greenhouse.
By mid-morning the city “received approximately 75 calls related to tree damage, broken branches and tree failure.” A total of four trees were felled by the gusting wind.
“It is quite the phenomenon to stand there and listen to it. You can hear it through your house,” said Lang describing the winds as sounding like a freight train.
Lang said the storm was stronger than Environment Canada had expected, which is why a warning was sent out early so people could “take down their lingering Christmas decorations and bring in their garbage bins,” said Lang.
While some people reported seeing lightning during the storm, Lang said there were no reports of lightening in Regina.
“Those were likely transformers or power lines,” said Lang.
Regina police responded to 10 collisions since Wednesday, none with reported injuries.
There were a few more calls for service than usual, but a Regina police spokesperson said they were mostly to report downed lamp posts, property damage and power outages.
Cars were abandoned along the Ring Road, brown and blue bins had been strewn across alley ways and many a shingle has been peeled off many a home.