NEWS
09/09/2014 11:39 EDT | Updated 11/09/2014 05:59 EST

Heavy, wet snow in Calgary topples tree branches, knocks out power

The heavy wet snow that brought Calgary’s summer to an abrupt and earlyend on Monday also toppled hundreds of tree branches onto power lines and roadways around the city.

The power utility Enmax and the fire department have been kept busy on Tuesday clearing those branches and restoring power to many neighbourhoods. 

Outages were reported in Willow Park, Maple Ridge, Lake Bonavista, Acadia and Bonavista Downs, but the power has since been restored.

Calgary Mayor NaheedNenshi asked Calgarians to help save snow-laden trees by knocking the snow off their branches.

"With 10 centimetres of snow falling on trees that have leaves, I'm worried that we're going to lose a lot of branches and a lot of trees so I am encouraging all Calgarians to do what I did on the way home last night — in my suit and shoes — which is to shake the trees," he said. 

Environment Canada again issued weather alerts for Calgary and areas west and north on Tuesday. Another 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is expected in Calgary as a disturbance moves in from British Columbia through the evening.

Homeless groups in need of warm clothes

Calgary’s sudden plunge into early winter weather has left groups that help the homeless scrambling for warm clothing.

At the cafeteria of the Calgary Drop-In Centre — usually a quiet place in September — hundreds of people huddled up inside to keep warm and find some winter wear.

"They come in looking for blankets, they come in looking for hoodies, warm jackets, rain jackets, ski pants, boots, winter boots," said volunteer Jennifer McCallum.

Shannon Jones with the Alex Youth Health Centre said the snow is also adding pressure on her organization to round up winter clothing for vulnerable youth.

The centre’s big drive for winter clothes doesn't usually happen for another two months, she said.  

"It's too long to wait until November when we're actually going to have that event. So, we need some stuff to kind of carry us through to that event."