I only had blips to my power during the storm, drove around right after the main blizzard-conditions subsided to get gas in my Jeep (I was a quarter-tank left) - talked to my step-brother in the east-end of town and found how he lost power for about an hour and my step-daughter was also without power for about an hour (they live a few blocks away from each other). I did have to remove about 2.5" of snow that packed into the side of my Jeep before going for gas, and the snow / ice that I left on my Jeep really made it feel very heavy.CalgarySun said:Freak storm hits city
By Shawn Logan
Wicked spring weather sparked chaos Thursday as crews scrambled to deal with sweeping power outages, downed electrical lines and dozens of car crashes.
A late afternoon squall that blew into the city during the evening rush left 51,000 homes in northeast Calgary without power, while a blustery snowstorm reduced visibility to almost zero, resulting in several multi-vehicle collisions.
Enmax spokeswoman Doris Kaufmann said three power lines - in Ogden, Huntington Hills and at Deerfoot and 64 Ave. N.E. - were felled by heavy winds which, along with transmission problems from outside the city, resulted in lights out for a swath of homes and businesses.
"About 20 communities in the northeast all had actual power outages - two substations were out," she said.
"We also got calls from people across the city about flickering lights but that was predominantly in the north."
Most homes had power restored within an hour while Ogden took about two hours to get back on the grid, Kaufmann said.
Even the Calgary International Airport wasn't spared as the facility's power went out, resulting in at least 16 flight cancellations and dozens of delays.
Airport spokeswoman Jody Moseley said power from the airport's generator was used to keep essential operations online.
"We redirected all available electricity to essential and emergency services," she said.
Emergency services in and around Calgary were spread thin responding to several crashes including a 20-car pile up on the QEII Highway just south of Airdrie.
RCMP Sgt. Patricia Neely said as many as 50 crashes had been reported on surrounding highways, prompting Mounties to close the highway from Airdrie to the Carstairs overpass, as well as the Trans-Canada Hwy. near Strathmore.
In one crash near Olds investigators said some 54 vehicles were involved in one collision while a propane tanker that overturned near Crossfield forced an hours-long closure.
No injuries were reported.
Within city limits, emergency crews responded to more than a dozen collisions and had to deal with dozens of intersections that saw traffic lights doused by power problems, said Insp. Terry Larson.
A few accident, some branches fell off of trees and visibility was pretty sketchy when I was driving, but, my sure-footed Jeep held the road nicely ..