'It's grey. It's cold. It's wet': Sask. buffeted by dramatic weather

·2 min read

The last month of summer is off to a stormy start.

Saskatchewan communities were buffeted by heavy rain and high winds on Tuesday.

Environment and Climate Change Canada spokesperson Alysa Pederson said a low pressure system was "on its way through Saskatchewan," bringing wind, thunder and a lot of rain.

The system moved into Saskatchewan from Alberta overnight, and started to make its way into Manitoba by 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

"By the time it crossed the province and made it into Manitoba, it was a pretty strong line of thunderstorms with some decent winds," Pederson said. "Winds up to 70 kilometres an hour is what we’ve had reported."

In Kerrobert, about two hours west of Saskatoon, the storm brought down trees and power lines all over the community.

"Another nasty storm hit last night in Kerrobert with winds that did major damage," the town said in a statement. "We are hearing reports of flipped campers, flying bins, damaged homes, businesses, fences and vehicles."

As of Tuesday afternoon, the town had been without power for more than 10 hours, as SaskPower crews worked to secure and repair the downed power lines.

Amid the chaos, the Kerrobert Kinsmen were getting ready to host a community barbecue.

"Everyone in the community is coming together to help out, and everyone is busy trying to get everything cleaned up," said Chad Tetzlaff, adding that the barbecue would help people regroup and make sure everyone was fed.

Up north, communities including Pelican Narrows, Cumberland House, La Ronge and Prince Albert National Park were under rainfall warnings as of Tuesday afternoon.

Though Pederson said the rain was expected to end in the evening, Environment Canada cautioned people in the affected areas to look out for flash floods and water pooling on the roads.

Raquel Lambert, who has lived in Cumberland House all her life, said the rain started in the morning and became more intense in the early afternoon.

"It’s grey," she said. "It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s a typical rainy day for us."

She's not too worried about the risk of storm damage, she said.

"We have had a dry, dry summer. It’s only recently, within the past few weeks, we’ve actually gotten a decent amount of rain. So I’m not worried it will flood us. The water will go into the streams and the bogs that have dried up."

Though the weather system was dramatic, Pederson said it was also moving quickly; the rainfall warnings in the north, along with the risk of thunderstorms in the Regina, Yorkton and Estevan areas, were expected to be over by Wednesday.

Julia Peterson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The StarPhoenix

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting