As people were navigating their cars around the flash flooding around the city roads on Tuesday, there were businesses and buildings dealing with the flooding indoors.
Downtown business Wonderland Toy and Hobby was impacted by the large amount of rain. Owner Vincent Joyall says that they had moved all of the upper level merchandise to their basement level while they did renovations. Water had seeped into the basement and he reports there being around 6 inches of water collecting in the lower level even after the rain stopped. Joyall says he is thankful for the over 30 volunteers that came to help shovel, mop and lend tools until after midnight.
He says they may have lost most, if not all, of the merchandise and will keep the public notified on when they will open again.
There were also some city facilities impacted by water as well. The significant rainfall had city hall, city on 99th as well as the Community Social Development Building flooded. The city adds that recreational venues such as the Coca-Cola Centre, the Montrose Cultural Centre and the Eastlink Centre had water accumulate inside. The aquatics facility’s basement was flooded at the Eastlink Centre which had the entire facility close down for the evening Tuesday.
All the city buildings are operating normally while cleanup is ongoing.