— Felicia Wiltshire (@fe_wilt) September 4, 2015
WINNIPEG — A severe thunderstorm system hit the city Friday, contributing to more than a few stalled vehicles, “booters,” and water-logged basements.
The deluge hit as Environment Canada’s severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect for most of the southern portion of the province. The system flooded major city streets, including Waverley Street, Pembina Highway, Regent Avenue and numerous underpasses.
Photos shared on social media showed vehicles wading through the water or becoming stalled trying. In many instances, firefighters were called on to help open up sewer drains and catch basins.
As of 4 p.m., Ness Avenue is closed in both directions between School Road and Valley View Drive over Sturgeon Creek. The city is repairing a damaged land drainage pipe as rainwater is pooling on the road instead of into the river system. There is no word on when the roadway will reopen. Here are some photos from the storm on Friday.
The rain also forced the cancellation of the Sound & Sky Benefit Concert at Assiniboine Park and tonight’s Winnipeg Goldeyes game against the Sioux Falls Canaries.