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[26-04-2020 at 11:00 p.m.] Voluntary Evacuation Notice: Portion of Lower townsite adjacent to Clearwater Drive

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 26, 2020) – A Voluntary Evacuation Notice has been issued for the portion of the lower townsite adjacent to Clearwater Drive, including:

  • Gordon Avenue between Morrison Street and Hardin Street
  • Clearwater Drive between Morrison Street and Hardin Street
  • Main Street between Clearwater Drive and Gordon Avenue
  • East side of Hill Drive from Fitzsimmons Avenue to Public School Board
  • Fitzsimmons Avenue from Hill Drive to McLeod St.
  • Gordon Avenue between River Walk Villas, and Riedel Street, including Edgewater Court
  • Riedel Shops 

Please review the following maps for clarification:

Hill Dr to Reidel
Gordon Ave and Morimoto Drive

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 Mackenzie 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. Please let an emergency official on-site know if you need transportation.  

Flooding is occurring throughout Fort McMurray, and water levels are rising. Members of the public should avoid this area and NOT be travelling downtown unless it is absolutely necessary. 

Evacuees are reminded to continue to practice physical distancing and follow current public health recommendations while evacuating. The drive-thru Registration Centre has COVID-19 preventive measures in place and all procedures have been adjusted to align with current Public Health Orders and guidelines. Please make sure to check-in as this helps Regional Emergency Services identify community members that may be at risk.

Evacuees are advised to: 

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

All residents are advised to avoid river banks and shorelines as they remain dangerous, and to avoid stopping on the Athabasca bridge to watch the river.  

For alerts, updates and more information, visit rmwb.ca/riverbreakup

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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