Photos: Heavy rainfall causes storm flooding in northwest Calgary

Parts of Country Hills Boulevard in Rocky Ridge blocked by deep flooding, stalled cars

An SUV races through deep water on Rocky Ridge Blvd after rains caused flooding along roadways in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Calgary was deluged by severe weather on Thursday evening, with heavy rainfall, thunderstorm watches, and even tornado warnings just to the north and west of the city.

Environment Canada issued a “possible tornado” alert for areas around the City of Calgary at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The significant rainfall caused flooding along many roads in the community of Rocky Ridge, blocking commuters from reaching home during the afternoon rush.

Parts of Rocky Ridge Boulevard and Country Hills Boulevard became largely impassable to most vehicles due to the flooding. At the intersection of the two boulevards, flooding on both roadways blocked traffic from flowing for over an hour.

Other side roads in the community were also flooded, along with several cul-de-sacs near the northern edge of the community.

The city has said the stormwater system is designed to take in water gradually and that localized flooding will occur. They’ve said to wait 90 minutes for the area to drain, and if it doesn’t citizens can call 311.

A few cars sit stuck in very deep flooding along Country Hills Blvld after roadways in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge were flooded by heavy rains on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A few cars sit stuck in very deep flooding along Country Hills Blvld after roadways in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge were flooded by heavy rains on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A man is blocked from entering Rockyvale Drive NW, as heavy rain from a storm that made its way through Calgary caused flooding along roadways in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A car drives through deep water along Rocky Ridge Blvd, as heavy rain from a storm that made its way through Calgary caused flooding along roadways in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
An SUV races through deep water on Rocky Ridge Blvd after rains caused flooding along roadways in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A woman tried to clear storm drains of debris as rain from a storm that made its way through Calgary, causing flooding along roadways in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A young boy puts on his wellies to wade through receding storm water in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Neighbours come out to check the extent of flooding and hail after heavy rain from a storm that made its way through Calgary caused flooding along roadways in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The entrance to Rocky Ridge Blvd from Country Hills Blvd is blocked by flooding rain from a storm that made its way through Calgary in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A truck braves the deep water at the entrance to Rocky Ridge Blvd and Country Hills Blvd after it was blocked by rain from a storm that made its way through Calgary in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The storm that made its way through northwest Calgary continues its movement eastward, viewed from Rocky Ridge on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.