Flash flooding in Saskatoon as storm hits city

Flash flooding in Saskatoon as storm hits city
WATCH ABOVE: Tuesday's storm in Saskatoon causes flash flooding and power outages as homeowners are left to deal with flooded basements and damage to vehicles.

Saskatoon is cleaning up after a storm ripped through the city Tuesday afternoon, flooding neighbourhoods and leaving a number of intersections under water.

It’s been a hectic afternoon for Al Killoh.

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“Crazy rain,” Killoh laughed.

“My eavestroughs couldn’t handle it, his eavestrough couldn’t handle it, it all funnelled down and now I got water in the basement.”

However, Killoh’s not alone. The city’s east side took the brunt of the storm – which prompted a severe thunderstorm warning.

Several neighbourhoods, including Avalon and Nutana, spent the afternoon without power – even Market Mall had to close its doors due to “power and storm water issues.”

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Storm water issues plagued Shelly McLellan’s commute after she encountered a flooded intersection just off 8th Street.

“The water got way too deep and my car just quit,” McLellan said.

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McLellan said the water quickly poured into her vehicle as high as the front seats.

“Yeah, it floated about three times when a four-by-four went by, it would float,” McLellan laughed.

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Localized flooding across the city had officials and police warning drivers to avoid those areas.

“As a police service, we just want to remind motorists to not drive through flooded intersections, as well as creating a personal hazard when the vehicle stalls, it also causes damage to your vehicle,” Saskatoon police spokesperson Kelsie Fraser said.

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Back at Killoh’s home, there is damage to drywall and soggy basement floors and they’ve already placed a call to insurance.

“We’ve got the fans going, we’ve got the dehumidifier going, so we’ll see what happens,” Killoh said.

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During heavy rain events like these, the city asks residents to follow their service alerts on their website and to call their 24-hour service centre to report flooded streets.

As for homeowners, they suggest moving downspouts at least six meters away from the homes foundation.

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