Calgarians are picking up the pieces after a massive storm brought tennis ball-sized hail and flooding to the city Saturday night.
Calgary police say the most damage was felt in the northeast area of the city. Some major roadways are still shut down, but most have been cleared and re-opened.
A number of community residential roads have also been impacted. Cars left abandoned on major roadways will be towed throughout the day.
“Hopefully, as long as the rain holds off today, the system will catch up,” said Const. Paul Dimini with Calgary police.
Saad Taleb, who lives in northeast Calgary, said nearly every home in his neighbourhood has seen some level of damage.
“I’ve been in Calgary 40 years, this is the first time I’ve seen a storm like this,” Taleb said. “I’ve never experienced this before.
“It’s a disaster.”
Taleb said his personal vehicle’s front windshield was completely destroyed. The hail was so large that it popped his car’s headlight out, he added.
Last night’s storm saw hailstones the size of tennis balls falling in Calgary, likely at a speed of 80 to 100 km/h, according to Environment Canada.
Calgary Fire Department Batt. Chief Alistair Robin said most of the aftermath of the storm would be focused on repairs and hail damage claims.
“There’s significant damage for sure in the northeast with some houses … the siding on the exposed side of the house completely taken off the house,” Robin said.
“There was significant damage in pockets of the city, but the majority of the city escaped the worst of it.”
Scott Armstrong said all three of his family’s vehicles would need to be written off as a result of the storm.
“Unfortunately the storm drain on our street is completely plugged and inoperable,” he said in an email. “The floodwaters threatened several of the homes on our street as there was nowhere for the water to drain to.
“Thankfully the rain finally stopped last night and the water managed to drain away by this morning.”
Armstrong said one of their vehicles was completely submerged by the flooding, and the exterior of the family’s home is “destroyed.”
A lightning strike in the community of Evanston damaged a residential structure, but started no fire.
Robin said the Calgary Fire Department responded to more than 100 calls in a two-and-a-half-hour period, and no injuries have been reported so far.
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Police in Calgary said many major thoroughfares closed last night and crews worked to rescue stranded drivers as pooling water caused significant traffic delays.
Calgary Transit said several bus routes experienced delays due to extreme weather and flooding in the city’s northeast, while electricity provider Enmax Corp. reported several weather-related outages in the city.
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