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A storm such as the one that hit the city Monday comes around once every 10 years. ((CBC))

The Red Cross is providing emergency help to an Edmonton family flooded out of their home by Monday night's storm.

A family — two adults and eight children aged 3 to 12 — called for help about 2 a.m. when the storm drain at their home near Commonwealth Stadium backed up and swamped the home. 

They were given food and clothing and a warm and dry hotel room for the night.

Monday's storm pounded parts of Edmonton and the surrounding areas with heavy rain and dramatic lightning strikes.

About 8,000 homes were temporarily without power.

Andy Bowen, director of drainage operations for Edmonton, said a storm such as the one that hit the city Monday comes around once every 10 years.

All told, the city had few calls about flooded basements.

"That count is about eight right now, which is very minor compared to a real serious rainstorm. In the storm in 2004, we had over 4,000 flooded basements. So, it's very minor."

Bowen said the city received more than 100 reports of storm catch basins plugged with debris, with water backing up on the street.

City crews were working on clearing those out Tuesday.