Flooding situation improves
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 10, 2013) – The following is an update on the flooding situation near Amaco Road in Anzac and the Hangingstone River area.
Based on information from Carillion, an Alberta Transportation contractor, the Morris Creek Bridge on Highway 881 will be passable for light vehicles by 6:00 p.m. tonight. Emergency crews will be on scene all night to monitor the situation and direct traffic.
Plans are underway for the 33 displaced residents to be bussed to hotels in the Lac la Biche area. Staff and volunteers from Fort McMurray who’ve also been stranded in the temporary evacuation centre at the Anzac Community Hall will be able to return home once the bridge reopens.
With regard to the flooding in Hangingstone River area, it is flowing fairly high but there is no imminent risk to properties along the riverbanks at this time. Municipal staff will continue to monitor the area overnight.
Alberta Environment is predicting high water levels for the next few days. There is no immediate threat to homes near waterways, but the banks are unstable and there is a significant amount of debris in the water. Residents are encouraged to stay away from streams and rivers.
All road closure questions should be directed to Alberta's official road reports phone number, 5-1-1.
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Deputy Chief of Operations and Technical Services
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo