5 days after tree-wrecking Sask. storm, cleanup continues

Five days after a wicked weekend storm, there's still plenty of clean-up going on in Regina and surrounding areas.

Regina getting caught up, White City still a 'war zone', resident says

Five days after a wicked weekend storm, there's still plenty of clean-up going on in Regina and surrounding areas.

Friday night, about 30 millimetres of rain fell over a brief period in the Regina area and winds gusting from 60 to 100 kilometres per hour snapped off trees, stripped shingles off roofs and caused various others kinds of damage.

Damaged trees are a common sight since a system of strong storms rolled through southern Saskatchewan on Friday. Five days later, the cleanup continues. (CBC)

Landon Sheard, who's with Awesome Fellers Tree Removal, says he's been run off his feet since then.

"Business over the last few days has been absolutely nuts, it's been crazy," he said..

However, Sheard and other like-minded companies can't be everywhere.

Landon Sheard of Awesome Fellers Tree Removal says he's been super-busy since Friday's storm. (CBC)

So days after the storm toppled trees in mostly south Regina, some of those trees remain where they fell.

Chain-sawed stumps litter many streets while in the city's largest park, Wascana Centre, piles of big branches are still much in evidence.

A tree was snapped in half in south Regina over during Friday's storm. (CBC)

Officials with the City of Regina said crews are now pruning trees damaged by the storm after working all weekend clearing the streets of fallen trees.

Ray Morgan, the city's manager of forestry, said the storm cut a fairly narrow swath through mostly south Regina.

"The areas most hardest hit in Regina were Whitmore Park, Douglas Park, University Park," said Morgan, who added the clean-up should be done by the end of the week.

Tree branches are piled up in Wascana Park in Regina. (CBC)

Meanwhile, getting back to normal could take a lot longer east of Regina in White City, where tree stumps and branches are still everywhere in town.

"It is a war zone," homeowner Maurice Wilson said during a cleanup on his property. "It's a lot of work."

One of the town's trees snapped and landed on Greg Herr's roof, punching a gaping hole and letting the rain pour into two bedrooms.

But Herr's is still thankful today..

"Cats are all right, kids are all right — everything's okay," he said.


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