Wednesday was a wacky day weatherwise, but people in Drumheller got off lightly for the most part.
 
Tim Shearlaw is the Mayor of Three Hills, which saw major damage.
 
"Trees started coming down around 4:30 (p.m.)," he related. "We dealt with power line problems, fallen trees, that sort of thing. We had crews out all night; our power was out for about five hours."
 
"The poplars, they were the big victims: we've got some very old, very mature poplar trees and those were the ones that fell," he explained. "We did lose some evergreens as well."
 
Shearlaw thinks it was one of the worst windstorms to hit Three Hills in years.
 
"The chainsaws, you can hear them outside and the crews are working: truckload after truckload of wood is being transported off the street," he outlined.
 
As of noon Thursday, two main downtown blocks were still cordoned off to traffic: Main Street and 1 St. North between 6 Ave. and 7 Ave., along with 4 Ave. south of Bethel.
 
The Town of Three Hills has also published a business directory on its website to help protect residents against so-called 'door knockers' offering to clean up or repair their damage on the cheap.
 
Beiseker RCMP were kept busy by the storm. They answered one of two calls about semi-trailers blown over by the wind on Highway 9 near Highway 21. The driver was not hurt. The RCMP Detachment office suffered damage to its vehicle garage and a fence that was knocked down by the wind.
 
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