"Break out the canoe!" Sunnybrook family has fun during hailstorm

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
July 24, 2017 - 1:17pm

As rain and hail pelted Red Deer Sunday afternoon, one family was making the most of it in a uniquely Canadian way.

Stephen Ross has lived on Sherwood Crescent in Sunnybrook for 14 years.

When he saw the water on the road higher than he ever had before, he decided to do something about it.

“I had my canoe temporarily stored in my front yard, so it was really easy to grab. I thought why not,” he said. “My nephew was over visiting and he and I are both kind of impulsive.”

The flash flooding was so deep, leaves from where the water reached can still be seen on neighbouring lawns close to six feet from the sidewalk.

Ross says shortly thereafter, he took to Twitter and the reaction surprised him.

“Some were like ‘Oh no, that’s terrible.’ We weren’t being flooded [in the house], so why not have some fun with it? People were just concerned about basements and property damage,” he said. However, he isn't certain how other homes on the block made out.

On if he has a track record of doing this sort of thing, Ross added, “We’re probably the crazy family on the block. If there’s some sort of weather event going on outside, we like to experience it.”

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