Edmonton’s Rogers Place arena suffers significant flood damage by severe thunderstorm

A potential disaster for the hub city host. These images are insane.

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The city of Edmonton was absolutely ROCKED by a huge thunderstorm that brought wind, hail and flooding to the Alberta capital yesterday. And make no mistake, this is no typical summer thunderstorm. 

Things were so severe that Environment Canada issued a severe storm advisory warning of strong winds and golf ball sized hail.

“Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Large hail can damage property and cause injury,” the warning reads.

“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!” reads the alert.

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Crazy, right?!

Even crazier though… a portion of the roof at the Edmonton Oilers’ Rogers Place arena collapsed due to the storm.

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Oh… my… God…

This place is supposed to host NHL hockey in less than two weeks!? There’s no way!

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Incredibly though, the operating staff at Rogers Arena has released a statement saying that the damage will not affect the arena's ability to serve as a hub city for the NHL.

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“We are assessing the damage and at this time are confident that it will not hamper our planning and preparation and we will be ready to host the return of NHL hockey as hub city.”

I mean... this is Alberta after all. Chances are that workers will have this cleaned up by mid-afternoon today...

In all seriousness, this news obviously gained the attention of the entire hockey world yesterday eveninbg.

A well-placed source confirms there has been some flooding at Rogers Place in Edmonton tonight. It's believed to be affecting a foyer off the entrance way of the plaza.
The extent of the damage is still unclear.

The initial hope is there will be plenty of time to clean this up before the NHL's planned restart in the building. The first scheduled event there is a CGY/EDM exhibition game on July 28.

July 28th, for those doing the math at home, is just 11 days from now. Get to work, Rogers Arena workers!