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Update on yesterday’s severe wind event

Post Date:07/11/2021 11:37 AM
Lac La Biche County would like to thank emergency crews and residents for their quick response to yesterday’s severe wind event.
Fire crews, Peace Officers, RCMP, Fish & Wildlife, Fortis, Alberta Parks Conservation Officers and EMS crews received a high volume of 911 calls and complaints regarding downed trees on power lines, fences, and travel trailers, which blockaded in some residents. The County’s Transportation department quickly responded to remove downed trees on roads to evacuate people and aid emergency services. A number of private citizens also assisted our crews and checked on impacted individuals.
 
Fortunately, only one minor injury was reported.
 
We would like to thank Alberta Parks staff who worked alongside emergency crews to account for persons and help with clean up. While responding to multiple new wildfires, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry staff organized a flight over Lac La Biche Lake and Lakeland Provincial Park to look for persons and boats who may have required emergency help. We appreciate their speedy assistance.
 
To assess the wind event, Environment Canada is seeking photos of damage. These can be submitted via email at abstorm@canada.ca.
 
Now is also an excellent time to sign up for Lac La Biche County’s local emergency alerting system. Although this system does not replace alerts you’ll receive from other levels of government, it’s an excellent way to stay updated on emergency situations that may affect you, and receive notifications on certain County services.