Weeks after Fort McMurray residents were allowed to return to their city after being evacuated in the spring due to the wildfires, many have been dealt another blow from Mother Nature.
Sunday morning, the oilsands city was hit by 85 millimeters of rain in just two hours, flooding streets and basements.
David Phillips with Environment Canada tells Global news that’s a whole month’s worth of rain
“It is biblical in a way,” explained Phillips. “They are wondering where the locusts are.”
Kenney and Kayla Payne tells Global News their home in the Gregoire neighbourhood was among those flooded
“It goes from a fire, that we managed to survive, to rain, which we didn’t survive,” jokes Payne to Global News.
“We woke up at nine o’clock in the morning and there was about a foot of water in the basement,” explained the Paynes. “I woke up and as soon as I put my feet on the floor it was all water.”
Homes and vehicles were flooded but no major infrastructure was damaged and no one was hurt.
“They had 86 millimeters of rain in two hours,” explains Phillips. “That’s like a months’ worth of rain in just two hours.”
The hospital’s emergency room was even forced to shut down during the storm.
Fort McMurray residents have only been back in their homes for a few weeks after being evacuated by the wildfires in the spring that destroyed 10 per cent of the city. (twd, Newstalk770, Global Edmonton)