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Evacuation Update: Draper remains under mandatory evacuation; all other areas are open as of 8 p.m. tonight

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 1, 2020) – With water levels continuing to recede, the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre will be lifting the mandatory evacuation order for more areas at 8 p.m. on May 1, 2020.

The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for Draper.

“My thanks to the staff at the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre, especially our Director of Emergency Management Scott Davis and Chief Administrative Officer Jamie Doyle, who have worked around the clock to get our evacuated residents back home,” said Mayor Don Scott. “Along with my Council colleagues, we want evacuees back in their residences as quickly and safely as possible and I want to thank people for their patience knowing how anxious everyone has been to get home. I’d also like to thank all our partner agencies who have helped people return and let anyone know that if their home is unsafe to stay in please contact the Red Cross.”

Effective at 8 p.m., mandatory evacuation orders will be lifted for the following areas:

  • Taiga Nova
  • MacDonald Island
  • Lower Townsite
  • Ptarmigan Court
  • Waterways


Critical notices for residents who are returning home:
Utilities and Water

  • Do not drink tap water; the boil water advisory remains in effect across the region.
  • Up to three cases of water will be available for each household, and can be picked up at the Peter Pond Mall parking lot.
  • Gas, electricity and water are not available at all homes.
  • ATCO crews are working to restore service in the affected areas as quickly and safely as possible. Returning residents should be prepared to be without power or gas this weekend while repairs to damaged infrastructure are underway. Customers are advised not to re-open closed valves at their natural gas meter as this will delay service restoration.


  • If your home was affected by the flood and is not safe to sleep in tonight, please call the Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 for information about available lodging and support resources.
  • Residents who have left their lodging in camps can return to their camps.


Transportation and bussing from camps

  • Residents who do not have access to a vehicle at camps can access bussing.
  • The last bus to leave camps will be 9 p.m. this evening.
  • If you need to return to your camp this evening, please be at the Peter Pond Mall parking lot by 10:45 p.m. The last transit bus leaves for camps at 11 p.m. tonight
  • Busses will leave from camps at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 2.

Food needs are the responsibility of individuals choosing to return to their homes.

Updated Flood Inundation Map May 1st 7pm


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