Thunderstorm deluge hits Winnipeg, parts of southern Manitoba
Published Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:38PM CST
Last Updated Friday, August 22, 2014 2:57PM CST
A thunderstorm tore through Winnipeg and parts of southern Manitoba and the Interlake, with several weather watches and warnings in place early Thursday evening.
Environment Canada confirmed 81 millimetres of rain fell in the Whyte Ridge area. Some residents told CTV News they saw even higher amounts.
Environment Canada said it did receive an unconfirmed report of 102 mm of rain in Whyte Ridge.
Several city streets in Winnipeg flooded with the heavy rainfall overwhelming drains.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, an official with Polo Park said the building had taken on about 50 mm of water in the mall's south end, with heavy rains causing a roof leak. Some stores were closed while cleanup was underway Thursday evening.
Winnipeg police advised drivers to use caution on roads Thursday night, with emergency crews responding to numerous intersections with lights out during the storm.
Water also leaked into the University of Winnipeg, but it expected to reopen Friday morning.
In other parts of the city, residents reported flooded basements, while some others took to a canoe on front streets.