Roof collapses, foodies scramble, when wild weather strikes Saskatoon

SASKATOON — A flooring company employee in Saskatoon narrowly escaped potentially critical injuries when part of the roof on the business blew off during a severe thunderstorm just as he was leaving work.

A large section of roof at EFL Flooring came down around 6 p.m. Thursday, damaging some vehicles parked outside and allowing a large section of the building's interior to get soaked, but no one was hurt.

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Authorities estimate the wind was gusting at 85 kilometres an hour at the time.

The collapse was among several locations in and around Saskatoon that were damaged or affected in some way by the storm.

In one instance, the annual Taste of Saskatchewan food festival at the city's Kinsmen Memorial Park was evacuated for a brief period, marking the first time in 24 years the event had to be cleared.

The severe weather also spawned what Environment Canada calls a weak tornado on Red Pheasant Cree Nation, northwest of Saskatoon, which did not cause any damage. (CKOM, CJME, CTV Saskatoon)

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