Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Department Responds to Wind Event

Calgary Fire Department Responds to Several Wind Related Events

Just before 8:00 pm Friday July 13, Calgary 9-1-1 began receiving calls of reports of high winds and debris in the air in the Northeast quadrant of the city. Within minutes the wind speeds increased to a steady 50 kph and gusting to 80 kph in several parts of the city.

Communities with large older growth trees were most affected with broken limbs and power lines downed as a result. Enmax were quickly dispatched to deal with energized lines and called in extra resources to help deal with the large number of calls.

The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) has responded to approximately 50 occurrences in a three hour time period. Only one injury has been reported as a result of a fallen branch and the patient was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

The CFD along with Calgary Police Services are currently on scene at the 1100 block of 3rd street SE dealing with broken glass that fell from the 39th floor of the building. Crews have secured the area and building security are keeping pedestrian traffic diverted.

The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind citizens to stay a safe distance from downed power lines ( 7 m), assume all lines are live and report them to 9-1-1 as soon as possible.