Red Deer hit by deluge after severe thunderstorm warning

Expect strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain: Environment Canada

Red Deer was hit by a deluge that flooded roads in the city Thursday afternoon.

An intense rainstorm moved across the region around 3 p.m., turning some streets into rivers.

Residents were quick to take to social media to record the mayhem.

Bower Place shopping centre was partially flooded and visitors could not come in by the main entrance. Retailers and mall staff took to mops and buckets to clean up the mess.

The City of Red Deer also reported around 4 p.m. that its electric light and power employees were working to restore power in southeast Vanier Woods after a transformer fire on Vernon Close.

Red Deer Fire Chief Ken McMullen said whether the fire was connected to the sudden downpour is still under investigation.

There were no other reports of significant damage throughout the city, said McMullen.

The storm came not long after Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Red Deer and much of the region.

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