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100-year rainstorm swamps Saskatoon

Nearly one meter (3 feet) of water rushes
through city center

 

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2 Jul 10 - Nearly one meter (three feet) of water rushed down streets and into businesses and offices in Saskatoon's city center Wednesday morning in the worst flooding in decades.

"This was a one-in-a-hundred-years storm," said Mayor Don Atchison

Eighty to 100 millimetres of rain fell on Saskatoon during a three-hour period, according to the city, bringing back memories of June 24, 1983. On that day, 93 mm of rain fell -- 75 mm during a 45-minute span.

The storm was most pronounced - once again - in the low-lying areas of Confederation Park and Dundonald, where many residents experienced major flooding in 2005 and 2007.

The city invested millions during the last five years to fix the problem, but residents were once again pumping their basements through Thursday afternoon.

During April, May and June, 370 mm of rain fell in the Saskatoon area, nearly triple the three-month average of 134 mm of precipitation, according to Environment Canada

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Storm+swamps+city/3225846/story.html
Thanks to Gerry Bukurak for this link

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We have the wettest year ever in Saskatchewan," says Gerry.





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