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LETHBRIDGE:   The old adage in Southern Alberta, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute" is no longer amusing.  Most people don't like the weather, and they've been waiting far longer than a minute for it to change.


We all know Mother Nature has lots of power and knows how to use it.  She has made her point, repeatedly, over the past several weeks.   


The list of her credits is not impressive, it’s heart-breaking. 


Most of the residents of High River have homes that are severely damaged or completely destroyed, not to mention thousands more in similar situations on Reserves, in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Canmore and the Crowsnest Pass.  Then, there are all the business owners that also have to rebuild.  


Yet, the destruction continues.  Some of the Calgary neighbourhoods where residents had just finished drying out homes, were hit with more flooding from a rain storm on Friday night.  The same night, a hail and rain storm turned Taber streets into rivers, saw water pouring into basements and put a major crimp in the Southern Alberta Summer Games.


Then, Saturday afternoon, another hail storm that moved across the area damaged Lethbridge homes, obliterated gardens and levelled acres of crops across the region. Hail ranged from pea pellets up to ping-pong and golf ball sized ice spheres being lobbed from the clouds.  In some places, the hail piled up in what looked like drifts and completely covered the ground.  It looked like Christmas in July.


It will be weeks, and in some cases months, before the costs are fully tallied.  Rebuilding could take years.  On July 26th of last year, a hail storm hit Cardston and left a massive amount of damage to buildings and vehicles.  An individual interviewed by Country 95 News two weeks ago, noted they had just finished having a new roof put on their Cardston home, after it was damaged last year.


Posted on Saturday, July 06, 2013 at 4/24/2014 10:10:39 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News Photo credit of handful fo hail goes to Dmytro Guzhva of Lethbridge, Bottom photo: yard in Coaldale covered in hail
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