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Severe flooding, damage in Calgary after thunderstorm Saturday

Severe storm hits southern Alberta
WATCH: From damaging tennis-ball sized hail to flash flooding, southern Alberta was hit with extreme weather Saturday evening. As Christa Dao reports, it’s left some home owners with significant clean-up.

Parts of Calgary were flooded after the region was placed under a severe thunderstorm warning Saturday night after a line of thunderstorms moved in from southern Alberta.

The city was upgraded from a severe thunderstorm watch to a warning around 6:37 p.m. by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The severe thunderstorm warning ended just before 8 p.m.

 

Storm in Calgary leaves neighbourhoods flooded
Storm in Calgary leaves neighbourhoods flooded

The northeast corner of Calgary was hit hard, with some semi trucks and cars stuck in pooling water.

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Large hail pellets caused severe damage to structures, and major roads were flooded. Councillor George Chahal said he saw many cars submerged across his ward.

Calgary police said no one was seriously injured, but there were many roads in the city flooded and manhole covers had been blown off by the rising waters.

Pictures from the storm in Calgary on Saturday, June 13, 2020.
Pictures from the storm in Calgary on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Credit: Amber Sweaza
Amber Sweaza
Amber Sweaza. Credit: Amber Sweaza

Calgary police said on social media Saturday that crews are working on several flooded roads in the city and people are asked to be patient and delay travel.

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On Sunday morning, they updated that many roads “remain blocked by abandoned vehicles or pooling water,” and that tow truck drivers are working with the police on the cleanup.

Premier Jason Kenney tweeted about the damage from the storm Saturday night, saying he hopes “everyone is safe and unharmed.”

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Much of the province was placed under a severe thunderstorm watch earlier in the day in anticipation of storms moving into the southwest corner of Alberta and tracking northeast to north of the Edmonton region.

A tornado warning was also issued in southern Alberta for over an hour.

READ MORE: Tornado warning issued for parts of southern Alberta Saturday has ended

Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings issued for southern Alberta June 13, 2020.
Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings issued for southern Alberta June 13, 2020. Global News

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  • With files from Jodi Hughes