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“Was piled two feet deep”: Cardston hammered by huge hail storm Monday

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CARDSTON, AB – It looked like the middle of winter for a period Monday night  in Cardston.

The town was hammered by a huge hail storm as a large storm cell rolled through the area. Pictures posted to social media showed hail piled up like snow in Cardston’s downtown core.

Lanark Duce, the Town’s Public Work’s Foreman , says he’s never seen anything like it.

“It would accumulate anywhere where the water was running,” said Duce. “It would bring all this hail and then it would pool. When the water subsided it just left just big drifts of hail. People were getting stuck in it. Right in the middle of main street we had drifts at least two feet deep.”

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Environment Canada radar showed the storm moving across that portion of southwest Alberta around 8:00 pm Monday and severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued prior to that.

Duce says there was so much water with this storm and the large amount of hail resulted in the storm drains in the town being unable to take all that and water end up backing up and flooding some stores and basements.

Photo credit to Cardston Chamber of Commerce on Facebook

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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