Heavy, wet snow hit the area on Friday night, September 21, temporarily cutting power and downing tree branches all over the area.
"This morning, there were only a couple of places I saw that were down," reported Darryl Drohomerski, Drumheller's CAO. "I suspect that between us and private citizens, there will be some work going on this week. I'm looking out my (office) window and there's a house on 1 St. East that's got a big branch down that's kind of crossing the sidewalk, so stuff like that."
The snow accumulated quickly, bending and breaking branches on trees and bushes.
"That's the problem with the leaves on the trees still, is that it just added to the weight," explained Drohomerski. "The snow was heavy, but then you put that on the leaves as opposed to just letting it fall through if there's no leaves there, it just makes it even worse."
While town crews will be trimming trees and carting off the mess, Drohomerski cautioned they're not doing everyone's trees.
"It's one of the things that we have to make sure we communicate to people is the difference between trees that we trim and trees that people have to trim (themselves)," he told Drum FM. "A lot of the trees that I saw were actually private trees that had fallen onto town property. If we have time to get some of them we will, but that's really the home owner's responsibility."