Toppled trees and flooded roads as storms wallop Alberta
Friday, August 30, 2013, 11:34 AM -
Thunderstorms pushed through parts of Alberta on Thursday bringing strong wind gusts over 100 km/h and frequent lightning to some areas.
Heavy rain also pounded places like Edmonton, leaving some motorists stranded late Thursday night.
"Yellowhead being closed down due to several vehicles under water around 97th to 127th to St Albert Tr," Edmonton Fire Rescue posted on their Facebook page. "Crews requesting banana boats to help get people out of their vehicles. Be safe out there everyone."
Firefighters responded to close to 20 calls from trapped drivers caught off guard by the sudden flash flood. Officials say no injuries were reported, but some motorists were forced to climb onto the roof of their car to avoid any rising waters.
Depending on where you were in the city, between 35-45 mm of rain was recorded.
"But at the Edmonton International Airport for example, close to nothing was reported there," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham.
Meanwhile in Calgary, a brief but powerful storm brought down power lines and toppled trees that blocked roads and damaged vehicles.
Emergency crews had to deal with several lightning strikes, but there were no fires and no injuries.
The good news is, conditions are expected to improve in time for the Labour Day long weekend. Be sure to check the local forecast before heading out.