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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Declares State of Emergency After Flooding

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The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has declared a state of emergency due to flooding in Fort McMurray.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has issued a Voluntary Evacuation Notice for Ptarmigan Trailer Park in Waterways.

Flooding is occurring along Clearwater Drive and water levels are rising. Members of the public should avoid this area and NOT be travelling on Clearwater Drive or downtown unless it is absolutely necessary.

Residents who live in other areas of Waterways and the north east side of Franklin Avenue, which is the side closer to the Clearwater River should be alert and prepared to evacuate if needed.

Residents are advised to follow all signs, designated evacuation routes and instructions from emergency officials.

All evacuees should report to the drive-thru Registration Centre located at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, 515 Mackenize Boulevard, to check-in and receive further information on the support and accommodations available.

There are Municipal Transit busses available to transport evacuees that need assistance. Evacuees are advised to:

  • Check-in at the drive-thru Registration Centre located at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, 515 Mackenize Boulevard

  • Continue practicing physical distancing while evacuating

  • Not walk through moving water.

  • Leave your vehicle if it stalls in rising waters, all occupants should get out immediately and go to higher ground.

  • Follow all designated evacuation routes (E signs), barricades and other signs in place.

  • Follow the instructions of emergency officials and first responders.

  • Not remain in areas under evacuation notices or orders. Doing so puts you and your family at risk, as well as those who may have to rescue you.

  • Have waterproof clothing and footwear for all family members.

  • Secure your home by locking all doors and windows. Leave a note on your door to inform family members when you left and where you went.

  • Not attempt search and rescue operations on your own. Call 9-1-1 for assistance.

  • Notify emergency officials if you are aware of vulnerable residents who may need assistance evacuating

  • Not return to your home or business while the Evacuation Order is in effect.


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