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.