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Intense rain, flood controllers in Edmonton


Floods due to heavy rains caused headaches to drivers in the Edmonton region Wednesday evening.

Localized floods were recorded at multiple intersections of the city, which stopped some motorists north-west of Edmonton.

Clare Graff with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said several vehicles were captured in the underground passage of St. Albert Trail and Yellowhead Trail, although injured were not reported.

As of 10:15 p.m., everyone on the vehicles that were hooked under the underground passage had done so safely. Graff said the rescue was a combined effort between the firearms body, the Edmonton police and the SGA.

Traffic heading west to Yellowhead Trail on St. Albert Trail turned aside on Wednesday night because of the flood of the underground passage. Driver is asked to avoid the Yellowhead Trail between street 142 and 127th street.

Graff said there were floods in several steps below Yellowhead Trail and drivers advised that they use caution and try to avoid them if possible

Georgina De Cordova, spokesman for Epcor, said that there were more than 100 calls due to the flood on Wednesday evening, mostly due to road and underground flooding. Flood-proof residents are recommended or open-ended openings to call 311 are recommended.

Firefighters also responded to a call from a house that was hit by a lightning strike in the 105th and 71th street areas, although no smoke or fire was reported.

Andy Yun, Environment Canada's meteorologist, said there is no firm information about the amount of precipitation that the city has received so far, but most of the initial reports were between 25 and 30 millimeters.

Yun said Edmontonians are likely to wait for more rain on Thursday.

"It has been a rather unstable meteorological pattern that has come to us," he said "it has been like this for a few days and it will probably be like this for a few more days, at least until the beginning of next week."

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