Saturday, April 17th 2021, 6:01 am - On this day in weather history, storms started to pummel Alberta.
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On Monday, April 17, 1967, a storm hit southern Alberta and it stayed strong until the 20th. The storm covered the province in deep snow. There wasn't enough time for the snow to melt before another blizzard hit the area between April 27-29.
The storm amassed 175 cm (5 feet 9 inches) of snow in certain areas. Because the province is used to springtime during this time of year, cattle were already out in the pastures.
Both the Canadian and U.S. armies sent helicopters to airlift feed for the cattle, but many were stranded unable to reach food and thousands died.
Helicopters delivering groceries during the Apr./Ma. 1967 blizzards. Courtesy of Lethbridge Historical Society/Facebook
Helicopters also transported fuel and food to people who were stranded in southern Alberta. Even trains were called into the rescue mission.
A Canadian Pacific Railway unit was sent to rescue stranded motorists. The train pushed a plow through the snow and rescued 30 people stranded in their cars.
"A road and field at Wilson is flooded by melting snow." Courtesy Lethbridge Historical Society/Facebook
CJOC in Lethbridge became a dedicated radio station that provided 24-hour emergency messaging.
During the storms, businesses and schools were closed. Then, the temperature started to warm up and all the snow melted causing widespread flooding.
"Farmland and roads are flooded following the April/May snowstorms." Courtesy Lethbridge Historical Society/Facebook
The revenue minister decided to have some blizzard-mercy and gave southern Albertans a two-week tax deadline extension.
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Thumbnail: "A United States Air Force helicopter checks frozen cattle following the April/May snowstorm." Courtesy Lethbridge Historical Society/Facebook