In the spring they were praying for rain while the wildfire was burning the city, now Fort McMurray residents are getting too much, with 85 millimeters falling in just two hours yesterday.
The rain caused flash flooding some areas, flooded basements and caused the closure of some roads.
Keith McGrath, councilor for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, says Monday morning some areas had dried up.
“As early as yesterday afternoon, municipal staff was out in full force yesterday morning,” explains McGrath. “There was some localized flooding in Gregoire , in the lower parts of Thickwood and the Ross Haven area, but certainly the community is up and running.”
McGrath says things are mostly back to normal now but thunderstorms are again possible today.
“It’s business as usual, but there are homes that probably saw some basement flooding,” explains McGrath. “It’s no different than the flooding on the Whitemud where you have to reviver traffic.”
McGrath says crews were out in full force yesterday dealing with the flooding and putting up barricades, which have since opened up.
“The sky doesn’t look promising but as most people know, the weather sometimes changes by the minute,” explains McGrath. “But if not, people are ready on the frontlines to make sure we do everything we can to protect our community.”
McGrath says no one was hurt in the flooding but many basements are now soggy. He says no infrastructure was damaged either. The area is still recovering from the evacuation of 80,000 residents in the spring due to the massive wildfire.
He says after the wildfire evacuation in the spring and now this flash flooding, Fort McMurray residents are sick of Mother Nature. (twd)