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A fast-moving storm left a lasting impact on the town of Kerrobert, Sask.
On Monday evening, the town of 970 people, located southwest of Saskatoon, was hit by 95 kilometer winds overnight.
When residents woke up, they found fallen trees, power outages and locked buildings.
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“We saw the storm coming when we went to bed and the lightning pretty much woke everyone up,” said Kerrobert resident and councilor Brad Murphy. “The wind was just fierce. There was a wind activity around here that we haven’t felt for an awfully long time.”
The community has weathered severe storms in the past. Murphy recalled a terrifying hailstorm in 2015 that damaged vehicles and homes across town. He said what made this latest one scary is that it came under a cloak of darkness.
“It was a scary event for a lot of people in town that I talked to,” Murphy said. “They have been in houses for years and they have never felt that kind of force on their house before and many people did seek cover in the basement.”
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Although the storm may have been the worst they had seen in years, it brought out the best in the community.
“Today we saw the best people,” the town of Kerrobert Culture and Recreation said in a Facebook post.
“By 07:00 the work of chainsaws and socializing between neighbors was as abundant on the street as the felled trees. Throughout the day, families of all ages pitched in to help.”
A free community barbecue was held on Tuesday night as the town dealt with the damage. Murphy said it was inspiring but nothing new to see the community come together to help each other.
“Everybody did their part and led by example, whether it was in their own neighborhood or from the seat of a villager,” he said. “Our guys were great from the beginning to the end of it.”
Despite the effort, there is much work to be done over the coming days and there will be challenges.
The town is currently rationing water and supply while power is out in some of the surrounding areas as SaskPower works to fix the outage.
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