A severe thunderstorm Saturday caused extensive damage, fallen trees, downed water pipes and power outages in Southern Ontario.
The storm swept through Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario on Saturday afternoon, bringing heavy rain, 80mph winds and possible hail in some areas.
“I came home from running errands and came out on the street and… [a fallen tree] across the road,” Kitchener resident Chris Bowman told CTV News. “I had to drive around it to get to the parking lot and went out, got my axe, came out and started hacking away. “
City crews say they are working to clear debris as residents continue to clean up.
Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro and Waterloo North Hydro reported power outages in their service areas. Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro said crews are responding to “extensive damage” in its service area and it will take some time to restore power.
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According to the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA), all trails and wildlife areas are closed while staff assess the damage. All Grand River Conservation Areas will remain open with the exception of Pinehurst Lake. Updates on the status of Grand River Conservation Areas and the GRCA trail and conservation areas can be found on the GRCA website.
The city of Kitchener said Rockway and Doon Valley golf courses will be closed for the rest of the day, with more details to follow.
The storm caused the Guelph Royals season opener to be canceled after a tree fell on the baseball diamond at David E. Hastings Stadium.