Saskatoon streets flood during downpour

As Saskatoon was pummeled by rain Monday afternoon, some streets in the city were overflowing with water.

Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) said flooding had been reported at areas including Lorne Avenue and Exhibition Road, north bound lanes on Circle Drive near the Taylor Street overpass, the overpass at Circle Drive and Idylwyld and locations near Louise Street and Preston Drive.

SPS asked drivers to use caution during their commute.

Just before 3:30 pm, the flooding on Circle Drive appeared to have subsided.

Flooding in the Broadway Avenue area on June 20, 2022. (Miram Valdes-Carletti/CTV News)

In a news release sent a little after 3 pm, the city said Saskatoon’s east side had seen “the heaviest rain accumulations so far.”

“Fire and water/sewer crews are responding to several calls related to flooding,” the news release said.

Flooding at the intersection of corner of Stonebridge Common and Galloway Road on June 20, 2022. (Courtesy Bill Oleniuk)

Drivers were asked to avoid Circle Drive between College Drive and Taylor Street and between Preston Avenue South and McEown Avenue on Louise Street.

Barricades were put in place to prevent drivers from heading into the trouble spots, the city said. Chief Whitecap School was forced to end its school day early due to a “water infiltration issue,” according to a letter to caregivers from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School—which shares the same building.

A photo shared by Saskatoon police shows flooding along Circle Drive on June 20, 2022. (Saskatoon Police Service)

However, St. Kateri school opted to continue classes.

“It has been very little and does not pose any danger to students or staff. We do not forsee this issue getting to the point of having to close the school,” the letter said.

Staples on Eighth Street was closed due to flooding according to signs on its door.

A Saskatoon staples location was closed due to flooding on June 20, 2022. (Dan Shingoose/CTV News)

–This is a breaking news story. More details to eat.

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