Summer storm causes flash flooding in Grande Prairie

Photo by Chris Haynes/CKNW News.

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – It seems that cities in the Peace Region are each taking their turn when it comes to dealing with flooding this summer.

There were some tense moments yesterday evening in Grande Prairie after the Swan City was hit by flash flooding after a summer storm swept through the region.

Photos and video posted on social media show numerous cars left stranded by the high water, and even one motorist swimming from his vehicle. The downtown area was the hardest hit, however there were no reports of any injuries.

A high level water alert was issued last night but later cancelled, and the city activated its emergency operations centre for a short time before de-activating it as the waters began to recede. The city’s transit buses were also pulled off the road for a time as roads filled with water.

During the height of the storm, residents were urged to stay inside, or if they needed to venture out, to take caution around manhole covers and storm drains.

With files from the Canadian Press and the Corus Radio Network.