Edmonton inundated by flash flood

Car stranded on Edmonton freeway, 12 July 2012 (Postmedia)

A number of drivers on an Edmonton freeway had to be rescued in a flash flood during a thunderstorm.

Others abandoned their vehicles and waded out into chest-high water.

No one was hurt when the thunderstorm packing heavy rain, intense lightning and hail struck the Alberta capital city early yesterday.

Residents in many neighbourhoods reported local flooding caused when storm drains couldn’t handle the runoff.

Environment Canada reports more than 70 mm of rain fell in the city on Thursday – almost the amount that falls during the entire month of July.

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