08/03/2016 12:50 EDT | Updated 08/04/2016 11:59 EDT

Grande Prairie Floods After Summer Storm Sweeps Through

Residents were urged to stay inside.

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — There were some tense moments as the northern Alberta city of Grande Prairie was hit by sudden flooding after a summer storm swept through the region.

A high level water alert was issued Tuesday evening but later cancelled, and the city activated its emergency operations centre for a short time but then de-activated it as the waters began to recede.

The city's transit buses were pulled off the road for a time as roads filled with water.

Residents were urged to stay inside during the height of the storm and asked to take caution around manhole covers and storm drains.

Residents were also asked to avoid storm ponds, Bear Creek and low-lying areas.

David Phillips of Environment Canada says Alberta has had unusually bad weather this summer, starting with the dry heat that sparked the Fort McMurray wildfire to a series of storms that produced tornadoes, damaging hail and flooding.

(The Canadian Press, CFFR)


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