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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbndge, Alberta, Monday, April 29, 1974 Pages 13-24 Crews still repairing storm damage Repair crews were still working in some areas this morning to restore power and phone service cut by Saturday's storm that dumped 10 inches of snow on the city and 21 5 inches on Pmcher Creek A Calgary Power spokesman said about 10-per-cent of the Cardston and Pmcher Creek areas were still without power early today "Four crews are going full tilt but it's a problem of access on the rural he said Some 70 men were on the job from about Sam Saturday to midnight Sunday and had most of the Lethbridge area back to normal by Saturday noon A helicopter was used at one point to repair a downed mam-transmission line Saturday near the Crowsnest Pass A city electrical department official said most problems in the city were of a minor nature although most of the south- side was without power for about 10 minutes Saturday afternoon when three lines at the city power plant were out Alberta Government Telephones officials said they were still "busy as the devil this morning with phone lines still down, but they had no estimate of how many phones were knocked out by the i storm The city received a total of 3 29 inches of precipitation in a 37V2-nour period starting at 2 p m Friday, the weather office said The weatherman said the storm was caused by a low-pressure system that had been sitting over the coast for a week, then suddenly moved inland But it was down in Southern Ontario this morning and Southern'Alberta is facing nothing but warm sunny weather now, he said Much of the snow melted quickly Sunday as much as 16 inches were still on the ground in foothills areas this morning Cattle and sheep ranchers were having a hard time of it, having to wade out to their livestock in snow up to their waists at some points "It was heavy wet snow and real hard for skidoos or anything else to get said a Magrath area farmer "We had just stopped feeding our cows they were back on said a Mountain View Rancher "Now we'll have to start feeding them again Despite the problems, the moisture was welcomed by most farmers and ranchers In the Claresholm area ranchers said subsoil moisture before the storm was the lowest it had been since the 1930 s drought One day it looked like the snow and wind would never let up Then the next the sun shmed so warmly the snow could be seen melting and retreating hour by hour That was the weekend Top, a pedestrian on slush- covered sidewalk while the storm raged Saturday vehicles in ditches, walkers scrambling for cover, power and telephone com- pany linemen making repairs Then Sunday Andy Wisse, 533 11th St N, shovelling, Bradley Smith, 1211 9th Ave. N, sliding, Jody Copietens, 1310 North Staf- ford Dr and Robert Petersen, 1301 N Stafford Dr building, and Dale Zahonejko, 1907 16th Ave N cleaning up Rick Ervin photos OPINION Much ado in Edmonton over plan for million 'muddy lake9 By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON You would have thought they were announcing the pyramids But when the brown paper wraps were whipped away, in front of the television cameras and awe-struck reporters, it was just a big muddy lake All the performance lacked was Bob Hope and giant spotlights stabbing the sky The stars were there, and even the extras had come back in the glory "We know every part by they chorused From outside came the throbbing whir of helicopter blades The machine nestled on the legislature lawns just like at the real White House It would whisk gaping reporters at government expense over sewage plants, dumps and refineries to view the site of the proposed muddy lake Inside, the oohmg and the awing over turning the muddy North Saskatchewan into a muddly lake was close to being erotic One had the embarrassed feeling of having opened the wrong door and one should quietly withdraw Mayor Ivor Dent of Edmonton, nominated for best supporting role by a politician, virtually drooled over the million Lake Lougheed award "It's the most magnificent and exciting thing that any of us can he gushed unbelievably as the cameras rolled For a moment, it looked as if they would need a stretcher for his swoon "It's going to be one of the most beautiful cities in the he burbled There was more but people stopped taking notes and averted their eyes Master of ceremonies and star of the show, Premier Peter Lougheed, handled his enthusiasm a little more suavely His boyish charm engulfed the room and cameras as he bounced from podium to visual displays to a chair while the second string spoke their pieces Bill Vurko, minister of the environment, singled out the wonders of the muddy lake on a frtige aerial photo with an extendible metal pointer, as the premier reeled them off from a news release Getting into the uninhibited mood of things, the environment minister promised to produce only "crystal clear" effluents from industry dumping in the lake Yes, there was a small problem at times with sewage discharges, he said But the water was so clean people might even try swimming in it if the province spent to dump in some chlorine In the background producing appropriate crowd noises were the Edmonton- area MLA extras ;