October 2, 2017 will go down as 'one of those days' for emergency crews around east central Alberta as they coped with the aftermath of yesterday's storm.
Drumheller RCMP responded to more than 60 requests for assistance, mostly from motorists who became stranded when they couldn't proceed further.
"There were weather warnings and road condition warnings and people still elected to travel," noted Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles. "Even with comments to the media saying police don't recommend travel people still hit the roads and, unfortunately, many of them went into the ditch."
A social media comment mentioned vehicles that appeared to have been broken into after they were abandoned. Charles was not surprized.
"It's the same thing going back to the floods a few years ago," he recalled. "When we had the flooding in the valley and we had these criminals from, I think, the Calgary area who came out here and started doing break and enters in the evacuated areas."
"Again, that boils back to if you're leaving your vehicle make sure all your valuables are hidden or taken with you: don't leave them in your vehicle."