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[26-04-2020 at 10:41 a.m.] Secondary State of Local Emergency declared due to flooding

As of 10:41 a.m., April 26, 2020, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has declared a secondary State of Local Emergency (SOLE) due to high water levels along the Athabasca, Snye and Clearwater Rivers. The SOLE applies to all of Fort McMurray, Draper, and lower townsite and Clearwater areas within the RMWB.

All residents are advised to avoid river banks and shorelines as they remain dangerous, and flooding is occurring in certain areas resulting in evacuation orders and affecting travel routes. As well, please avoid stopping on the Athabasca bridge to watch the river. 

This is a changing and dynamic situation. Please visit rmwb.ca/riverbreakup and follow Municipal social media channels for alerts, updates and information.

A State of Local Emergency was initially declared on March 20, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Evacuation Orders

Mandatory Evacuation Orders have been issued for Draper and the Taiga Nova Eco-Industrial Park.

Residents in Waterways and the Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray should prepare a 72-hour Emergency Kit and stay alert.

Please 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. Evacuees are reminded to continue to practice physical distancing and follow current public health recommendations while evacuating.

If you need immediate assistance or in the event of an emergency while evacuating, call 9-1-1

For further questions, please call Pulse at 780-743-7000 or 1-800-973-9663.

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