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Calgary police tell drivers to ‘slow down’ on rainy roads

WATCH ABOVE: The latest round of wicked weather hitting Calgary is causing serious problems around the city and surrounding areas. Global’s Jayme Doll reports.

CALGARY – Commuters were forced to contend with slick and waterlogged roads on Friday, thanks to a deluge of rain.

Police say 44 collisions were reported between midnight and 12 p.m., including five involving injuries.

“It’s not uncommon to have an increase in collisions on days like today, because there is standing water on the roadway or water flowing across the roadway,” said Cst. Dave DenTandt on Friday.

The water caused some drivers to hydroplane and lose control of their vehicles, including one driver who spun out on Stoney Trail N.W.

Police respond to a car crash near Stoney Trail and Country Hills Blvd. N.W. on Fri. Aug. 21. The driver spun out of control after hydroplaning.
Police respond to a car crash near Stoney Trail and Country Hills Blvd. N.W. on Fri. Aug. 21. The driver spun out of control after hydroplaning. Global News

The steady downpour caused water to gather near exit ramps and on ramps.

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In the community of Marda Loop, a small swamp formed in the parking lot of a Safeway located in the 2400 block of 34 Avenue S.W.

A pool of rainwater forms in a southwest Safeway parking lot on Friday, August 21, 2015.
A pool of rainwater forms in a southwest Safeway parking lot on Friday, August 21, 2015. Global News
A pool of rainwater forms in a southwest Safeway parking lot on Friday, August 21, 2015.
A pool of rainwater forms in a southwest Safeway parking lot on Friday, August 21, 2015. Global News
A pool of rainwater forms in a southwest Safeway parking lot on Friday, August 21, 2015.
A pool of rainwater forms in a southwest Safeway parking lot on Friday, August 21, 2015. Global News

Police warned drivers to keep an eye on their speedometer as they traveled.

“People need to slow down,” said Cst. Dave DenTandt.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Calgary just before 5 a.m., warning of heavy rain and wind gusts from 60 to 80 km/h.