Gusty winds uprooted a huge tree in the northwest Calgary community of Highwood. Parts of the tree landed on power lines and a van.
However the city says it’s received very few other calls about downed trees or major branches.
Jeannette Wheeler, urban forestry lead for the city says part of the reason could be the amount of rainfall over the past two months. She says the trees, ” have a certain amount of flex and movement within them. They’re not dry and brittle if they had been going through a drought like condition”.
Wheeler also says while you usually get some change in colour in leaves in early August, some of that occurred in June because of the drier weather. However she says with all the rain, the process has likely stalled and trees are in really good health right now.
Meantime work continues on planting more trees since the Snowtember event, the city is planning to plant 9 thousand trees this year. Wheeler also says an agressive pruning program is also improving the health of trees.