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[27-04-2020 at 7:20 p.m.] Mandatory Evacuation Order: All of downtown Fort McMurray

 

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 27, 2020) – A Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for the entire Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray, except for the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and Grayling Terrace.

Members of the public that require accommodation or immediate support and are not already at a Registration Centre are directed to report to the Casman Centre at 110 Eymundson to register as evacuees. Evacuees that don’t need accommodations are not required to check-in at this time.

Significant resources are being dedicated to berming and sandbagging the area surrounding the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to mitigate flood risk. There is no threat to this area at this time and we remain in constant communication with staff at the hospital.

Water levels are rising, and the situation can change quickly. Members of the public in areas under a Mandatory Evacuation Order are at risk and must leave immediately. Access to the Lower Townsite remains closed. Anyone remaining in high risk areas, travelling downtown to observe flooding or for other non-essential purposes, are putting themselves, first responders and others at risk of a serious incident.

Evacuees must follow all signs, designated evacuation routes and instructions from emergency officials. Continue practicing physical distancing while evacuating and if immediate assistance is needed call 9-1-1.

There are Municipal Transit busses available to transport evacuees that need assistance. Please let an emergency official on-site know if you need transportation. 

Drive-thru Registration Centres have COVID-19 preventive measures in place and all procedures have been adjusted to align with current Public Health Orders and guidelines.

Evacuees are advised to:

  • Check-in at the drive-thru Registration Centre located at the Casman Centre at 110 Eymundson
  • 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.

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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