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No ticketing and towing during street sweeping; help clean neighbourhood streets by keeping them accessible

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 8, 2020) – Street sweeping, and cleaning has begun in flood affected areas. To assist recovery efforts and due to COVID-19, street sweeping this year will be done without the ticketing or towing process.

In areas impacted by the flood, cleaning and street sweeping is occurring in locations that are accessible for crews and equipment. Sweeping in these areas is needed to support the flushing of storm sewers, minimizing the risk of flooding occurring during rainfall. Where possible, community members are asked to keep the street in front of their home or business clear to assist the cleaning process in their neighbourhoods. At this time, no parking signs are not being used in areas affected by the flood.  

The regular street sweeping program will begin on May 11 on Primary and Secondary routes in the following neighbourhoods:

  • Prairie Creek
  • Beacon Hill
  • Abasand/Grayling Terrace
  • Thickwood
  • Dickinsfield
  • Wood Buffalo
  • Timberlea

The neighbourhoods are listed in sequential order of the street sweeping schedule. Residential street sweeping in these areas is scheduled for later this month. The timeline for street sweeping is dependent on weather conditions, accessibility and operational capacity. Crews will continue to regularly clean and sweep Municipal streets until the fall.

In areas not affected by the flood, electronic message boards will be posted at the entrance of neighbourhoods and no parking signs will be placed 48 hours in advance at the location of street sweeping activities. Community members are asked to help clean their neighbourhood streets by respecting these no parking signs and moving their vehicles. By doing so, crews will be able to sweep the entire street, curb-to-curb, instead of sweeping around cars. 

Members of the public are reminded to practice physical distancing and not approach operators or equipment for the safety of everyone. While driving, please follow equipment from a safe distance as dust may reduce visibility. 

As street sweeping is expected to affect each area for only a brief period, cooperation from community members will assist crews to perform their work quickly, minimize any inconvenience and ensure neighbourhood streets are clean for the warmer days ahead. 

Find street sweeping updates and more information, at rmwb.ca/streetsweeping

For questions, connect with Pulse at 780-743-7000, 1-800-973-9663 or online at rmwb.ca/pulse.


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