June 30, 2016 9:04 pm
Updated: July 1, 2016 11:44 am

‘It was just a sheet of water and hail’: Strathmore roads flooded by severe thunderstorm

WATCH ABOVE: Residents are cleaning up street flooding and hail damage after a southern Alberta summer flash storm rolled through the Calgary, and surrounding area. Gary Bobrovitz reports.

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Highway 1 westbound was completely underwater in the town of Strathmore east of Calgary Thursday as the result of a massive storm system sweeping through Alberta.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Strathmore area shortly after 1 p.m., which ended about 20 minutes later. It was quickly followed by another warning, shortly before 3:30 p.m..

READ MORE: ‘It was chaos’: witness to funnel cloud in central Alberta as tornado warning was issued

Watch below: The Trans-Canada Highway was flooded Thursday after a spring storm hit Strathmore. Global’s Paul Haysom reports.

“When I saw the clouds, I thought we were going to get a twister, when I looked at first,” Strathmore resident Bernie Haniak said. “Out my trailer door you couldn’t even see outside. It was just a sheet of water and hail. But, it’s come and gone! Just like that! Unbelievable.”

Crews wearing waders were climbing into the water, which was about chest high by 5 p.m., as they worked to clear storm drains.

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