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Emergency Response Mode in Lethbridge


April 13, 2010 — Wintery weather has blasted Lethbridge forcing the city's Mayor to move into emergency response mode.

Spring? There's no such thing in parts of Alberta right now. Just ask residents in Lethbridge.

A powerful spring snowstorm has blasted the area causing numerous problems in its wake. More than 20cm of wet snow has fallen in the city since yesterday and as you can imagine, road conditions aren't ideal.

And the roads aren't the only concern.

A widespread power outage literally shut down the city of 90,000 people. Homes, businesses and schools were without electricity for the majority of the day. Even the hospital was forced to operate on emergency power. The lights came back on for thousands during the evening hours, but some rural areas are still waiting.

In a response to these conditions the Mayor Bob Tarleck asked residents to try and conserve as much water as possible. Without electricity, the city would not be able to process any new water from the river.

Here are a few of the guidelines Tarleck gave in an attempt to reduce water usage.

  • Do not wash dishes- especially in the dishwasher.
  • Do not wash your clothes
  • Put off a shower or a bath for a day

Pretty extreme requests for a pretty extreme time in April.

5 to 10 more centimetres of snow is possible for some areas tonight, but according to Weather Network meteorologist Michelle Cassar, conditions are improving.

“The good news is, the storm is winding down and some of that may fall as wet snow so it may not even accumulate.”

The system is moving eastward and looking at the long range forecast, temperatures will be warming to the double digits by the end of the week.

This will help to melt the snow quickly, but it also raises more concerns.

Officials are worried about potential flooding and are urging residents to clear sewers and basins so the water doesn't build up.

If this storm has affected you in any way, we'd love to see how. You can upload your pictures or videos by clicking on the Related Link above.

And for up to the minute details on the conditions in the Prairies, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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