Calgary hailstorm cleanup continues

Calgary was cleaning up on Wednesday after a summer storm brought hail, high winds and flash flooding.

Power was still out for some residents in the city's northeast on Wednesday

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      Calgary is cleaning up after a summer storm brought hail, high winds and flash flooding that left some vehicles stranded.

      The storm hit late Tuesday afternoon, uprooting trees and blowing the roof off a housing complex in the northeast part of the city.

      Despite reports of hail as large as toonies, no injuries were reported, said Calgary Emergency Management Agency deputy chief Sue Henry.

      "Between five and seven, 911 took a total of 630 calls," she said at a news conference on Wednesday. 

      "This is three times their normal call volume, and the majority of these calls were for catch-basin concerns, tree and manhole concerns." 

      Emergency workers responded to 440 calls for assistance.

      Henry said the storm had a wide impact in many parts of the city. Some underpasses in the downtown core were flooded leaving some vehicles stranded.

      Calgary firefighters had to rescue motorists, said spokeswoman Carole Henke.

      "Definitely in low-lying areas there was flooding to the point that people were stranded in their vehicles and we actually had to go into the water and rescue people," she said.

      A campaign office in Crescent Heights also flooded. 

      "Just like a lot of Calgarians, we got a lot of rain up here. We ended up having some showers dumped through the ceiling, essentially, in quite a few spots. It was a little hairy," said Matt Grant, who is running for the Liberals in the federal election.

      As many as 20,000 customers in many parts of Calgary were without electricity in the early evening.

      Power has since been restored in all areas, city-owned utility company Enmax said. There is no cost estimate yet for damage to city property. 

      More thunderstorms

      Environment Canada issued a severe weather warning Tuesday at about 4:40 p.m. MT, just as the storm appeared to gain strength west of Calgary.

      The storm moved through the city at between 30 to 40 kilometres an hour, said Environment Canada meteorologist Dave Carlson.

      "In terms of storms that hit Calgary, this one was a pretty bad one, but I think we have seen bigger hail in Calgary," he said.

      A 2010 hailstorm resulted in $400 million worth of insurance claims in the city, setting a national record at the time.

      "Not to say that what you had wasn't bad. If you were getting hit with some big hail, and your window got smashed or you got flooded out, it was a severe storm, for sure."

      Severe thunderstorms hit the Calgary area again on Wednesday afternoon. 


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