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Photo: Dawn Bennett had 20 centimetres of water in the basement of her Dundonald Village home on MondayPhotograph by : Greg Pender, The StarPhoenix View More Photos

RECORD-BREAKING RAINFALL - REGINA -- Intense rain that pummelled Saskatoon and central Saskatchewan on Sunday and early Monday filled basements, strained sewer systems, washed out roads and left some farmers' fields impassable.

"It was very, very windy. Overnight, the wind was unbelievable. I know a lot of people were quite nervous about trees and that. We've got tree limbs that have fallen and debris all over the streets but it doesn't look like there was any large amount of damage," said administrator Shelley Funk, who said she had been contacted by nine homeowners with flooded basements.

Residents living near Calgary have been placed on notice after tributaries of the Bow River surged with as much as 70 millimetres of rain over the weekend. The deluge of rain across southern Alberta is BREAKING DECADES-OLD PRECIPITATION RECORDS. Springbank, northwest of Calgary, recorded a whopping 38 millimetres of rainfall over an 18-hour period by 6 p.m. Sunday night. The total BEAT THE PREVIOUS 110-YEAR-OLD RECORD of 29.5 millimetres set back in 1897. Calgary has already seen 149.2 millimetres of rain so far this June, which is normally the city's wettest month. "The normal for the entire month is 79.8 millimetres."
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