Estevan was hit with flash flooding after hours of heavy rain on Saturday.
The torrential rain overloaded the storm sewer system, blowing off manhole covers, turning streets and parking lots into lakes.
“People say they’re going canoeing,” said Quinton Davidson, who works at the Co-op.
The water rose over the curbs, shutting down multiple streets across the city. Water even started to flow into Walmart, which had to close its doors to the public to mop it all up.
Altogether Estevan got about 136 mm, or 5.4 inches, of rain.
According to Eric Dykes, with Environment Canada, thunderstorms from North Dakota clashed with cooler air from Saskatchewan and warmer air over Manitoba right above Estevan.
“Thunderstorms that were training, they were just redeveloping over the same area all afternoon basically, late morning and afternoon,” said Dykes.
Points West also got some rain. Indian Head got about 53 mm, or 2.1 inches, and 24 mm, or about an inch, fell on Regina.