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Severe weather: wind, heavy rain, hail possible for Saskatoon area Friday night

For immediate release: July 6, 2018 - 3:58pm
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There is a risk of a severe thunderstorm late this evening. Environment Canada has been monitoring rapidly changing conditions and says the City of Saskatoon could be on the edge of a severe storm cell.

Environment Canada says Saskatoon and area could experience wind gusts up to 40 km/h, hail and heavy rainfall late this evening and overnight.

The City reminds everyone heavy downpours may cause flash floods; water pooling on roads, and flooding in low-lying areas are possible.

Anyone should avoid driving or wading through flooded areas.  There are many hidden dangers such as open manholes or downed power lines that pose an obvious hazard to people and property.  

Known intersections to avoid include:

  • Confederation Drive/ Laurier Drive
  • Idylwyld Drive under the Circle Drive overpass

Please report flooded streets and manhole cover issues to the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476.

To reduce the risk of damage to property, we recommend cleaning out eaves troughs and checking they drain into downspouts that are extended at least two metres (six feet) from the home foundation.

For information about possible disruptions to City services due to potential heavy rain, including leisure services, detours, and closures, citizens are encouraged to monitor saskatoon.ca/service-alerts or follow @YXESrviceAlert on Twitter.

To register for a home flood assessment or find more tips to reduce the risk of basement flooding, visit homefloodprotect.ca.