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Flash floods kill one in Calgary


Severe flooding in Calgary following Friday's storm
Severe flooding in Calgary following Friday's storm

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

August 7, 2011 — One person is dead after a violent thunderstorm caused flash flooding in Calgary Friday night.

Quarter-sized hail pounded parts of Alberta.
Quarter-sized hail pounded parts of Alberta.

Police said the rushing water swept a 60-year-old man underneath his car.

Bystanders and paramedics were able to pull him out, but he later died in hospital.

“We did have a fatality,” said Brian McAsey, a spokesman for the Calgary Fire Department. “A person was driving and there was a lot of moving water around their vehicle. The person was on a major thoroughfare, but nonetheless, they got outside their vehicle for inspection.

“Unfortunately, although we were able to rescue them quickly, the person had gone into cardiac arrest.”

The storm dumped heavy rain and hail over the city. Water was so deep in some areas, cars were submerged up to their headlights.

Police received more than 100 calls for assistance during the deluge, including 62 reports of flooding, five house fires and three water rescues.

“It was a very busy and intense two hours in which, of course, extreme weather played a great role,” said McAsey.

The same system caused severe thunderstorms to pop up in southern Saskatchewan Saturday, battering some areas with thick hail and damaging winds.

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With files from Sana Ahmed & the Canadian Press

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