A vehicle drives through a massive puddle caused by heavy rainfall in Red Deer Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

A vehicle drives through a massive puddle caused by heavy rainfall in Red Deer Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Heavy rain causes localized flooding in Red Deer

Red Deerians experienced more heavy rainfall Thursday.

Environment Canada warned rain would continue across portions of Central Alberta throughout Thursday night, with total amounts of 40-60 millimetres expected before tapering off Friday morning.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads, Environment Canada warned, adding localized flooding in low-lying areas was possible.

Red Deer streets were affected by localized flooding, according to the city.

Taylor Drive, between 19 Street and 22 Street was impassible, the city said in a tweet at 4:30 p.m. The intersection at 19 Street and Gaetz Avenue was affecting by flooding.

The city also received reports of impassible roads at other locations, including 40 Avenue from Ross Street to 39 Street, the Molly Bannister Drive and Bremner Avenue intersection, and the Boyce Street and Baker Avenue intersection.

“RCMP are on scene in multiple locations and directing traffic as needed,” the City of Red Deer said on Twitter at 5:17 p.m.

Just before 5 p.m., 511 Alberta reported water pooling on the QEII Highway between 32 Street and Highway 2A. Crews were on scene and a speed reduction was put into effect. The pooling was clear about 30 minutes later.

Central Alberta was hit with heavy rain last week as well. The City of Red Deer activated its Emergency Operations Centre in response to heavy rainfall on June 13 and 14 – the centre was then deactivated on June 17. The storm last week hit Red Deer with 71-75 millimetres of rain.

A severe thunderstorm watch was also issued for Red Deer and Central Alberta on Thursday. These storms are potentially capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

“Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” said Environment Canada.

The persistent rainstorms led the City of Red Deer to close ball diamonds and sports fields Thursday.

The city announced Great Chief Park ball diamonds, community ball diamonds and city-run sports fields were closed for the day due to wet conditions.

All scheduled activities for these amenities have been cancelled. The city says it is trying to contact all of the affected teams and groups to let them know.



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Several areas of Red Deer experienced localized flooding Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Several areas of Red Deer experienced localized flooding Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)