Crews from the City of Saskatoon are responding to “power outages, lifted manhole covers and flooded streets” following a severe thunderstorm Monday evening.
According to a press release on Monday from the city, Environment Canada issued a thunderstorm warning and then a thunderstorm watch earlier on Monday. The weather service said a low pressure system in south central Saskatchewan “has and will continue” to bring a risk of severe thunderstorms to the area on Monday and overnight.
“At first assessment, the hardest hit areas appear to be in the south and west ends of the city,” the release said, noting that Confederation Drive and Laurier Drive was impassable following the downpour. The Saskatoon Police Service also reported stranded vehicles on Fairlight Drive because of high water, the city said.
Saskatoon Light & Power had four major feeder outages affecting customers. Outages were caused by a lightning strike damaging three poles; lightning damaging a capacitor bank; tree contacts; and damaged equipment from the storm.