When I woke up this morning I could hear that nasty wind howling and wondered how all of the trees on our property and in our neighbourhood fared. Apparently they were all still standing, according to my wife who was up most of the night. Something our dog ate last night didn’t agree with him, so between letting the dog out 4 or 5 times through the night and the sound of the wind, my wife didn’t get much sleep. I didn’t hear a thing until I woke up and she filled me in.
When I made my way out to my vehicle I did a brief survey of our street. Aside from some small branches on the sidewalk there didn’t appear to be any major damage, but then again, it was very dark. As I was driving to work I was surprised that I didn’t see more branches scattered around. Things seemed to be in pretty good shape.
As I was driving east on 4th Avenue I finally came across a sight I expected to see a lot more of. A huge tree had been blown over and was completely blocking the eastbound lane. The chain link fence surrounding the yard this tree was actually in was crushed under the weight of the fallen tree. Other than that, there wasn’t much to report, aside from a few signs blown over on Albert St.
When I got into work I tried to call the City of Regina to report that a crew might want to get rid of this tree before rush hour traffic started. The TV news last night stated that city crews would be standing by through the night to tackle any problems that might arise from the high winds. When I called the city number I got a recording informing callers that if they were calling to report fallen trees that were blocking streets, to hold on. That’s as far as I got. There was no operator answering calls and no way to report the tree that was blocking the street.
Oh well, I tried. I’m sure crews will eventually find out about the tree. I’m guessing it wasn’t the only one around the city that was down and creating havoc.