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City crews respond to water on roads

Just after 6:00 pm Tuesday evening a rainstorm brought flash flooding to the area and the city of Grande Prairie crews were out assessing the situation right away.

Transportation Services Manager Robert Carroll says he was at home when it started raining but soon realized they needed to send employees out because areas of the city, that usually didn’t, were collecting water quickly.

RCMP officers were out diverting traffic away from dangerously flooded areas and provided road blocks. Carroll explains in this situation, the city did get worried about the amount of water that was in some areas and they called the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership. The intersection at 102nd and the bypass as well as the intersection at 100th Street and 92nd Avenue were areas that seemed worse than others.

“The storm sewer system performed as it is supposed to perform where the underground system gets overwhelmed and it backs up into streets. It is a waiting game for things to subside. We did get some calls of flooded basements and such. There is some private flooding people are dealing with.”

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He says that there isn’t much damage to city road infrastructure besides some gravel on roadways and a few isolated areas.

Crews are assessing areas today.

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