Grande Prairie streets were flooded with water yesterday evening after a rain storm blew through the city. Environment Canada says a total of 9.2 millimetres of rain fell yesterday but that isn’t the most rain that has fell on August 2nd in Grande Prairie. A larger amount of rain fell in 1982 at 48.3 millimetres.
Grande Prairie resident Duane Wallace says that in his back yard in the Royal Oaks/North Ridge area his rain gauge read way over that amount. From his area of the city, he got 62.7 millimetres of rain fall in 45 minutes which is almost 2.5 inches in less than an hour.
Water was seen bursting from manholes, overflowing on roadways and even had the parkade at the QE II hospital flooded. There were rumours that the hospital itself was closed but those were squashed by an AHS spokesperson. She says that they are fully operational and were for the entirety of the evening.
After the East Link Centre parking lot flooded with about two feet of water due to rain and they closed down for the night, the building is now reopened this morning according to their Facebook page.