August 11, 2014 8:44 pm

Regina “lucky” following storm

A damaged tree in White City on Monday.

Adrian Raaber / Global News

REGINA – Friday’s thunderstorms wreaked havoc across parts of Southern Saskatchewan, but it could have been worse for the city.

“We were lucky compared to other communities around Regina,” said Mayor Michael Fougere.

The city has received over 100 calls for service since Friday.

“Most of that is related to public trees being knocked over into private property. We’re cleaning that up, of course,” said Fougere of the calls.

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White City, on the other hand, is facing bigger problems. Homes have been flooded or completely destroyed.

“It’s almost as though there were twisters of some type that came down, did their damage, then went back up,” said Mayor Bruce Evans.

According Environment Canada, no tornadoes touched down in the area, though nature did unleash an intense amount of lightning.

“Just the sheer number of lightning strikes that came out was staggering,” said Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Terri Lang.

SGI had received 200 property damage claims by Monday, most of which were related to the wind. The crown recommends homeowners try to limit further damage.

“So maybe that could be something like boarding up windows, or if there’s a leak and we get more rain, that kind of thing – as long as it’s safe,” said Kelley Brinkworth, media relations manager at SGI.





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