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Mandatory evacuation order for all of downtown Fort McMurray

Last Updated Apr 29, 2020 at 10:13 am MDT

The Athabasca River is breaking and water levels are extremely high putting the lower townsite of Fort McMurray at risk of flooding.

The municipality has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all of downtown Fort McMurray excluding the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.

As of late Tuesday night the evacuation order has been lifted for Grayling Terrace.

ATCO finished its repairs and is going door to door reconnecting service to homes.

If you aren’t home when they visit, call 1-800-511-3447 to get reconnected.

Evacuees should follow all signs, designated evacuation routes and instructions from emergency officials and are reminded to continue to practice physical distancing and follow current public health recommendations.

The drive-thru registration centre at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre closed on April 27 at 8 p.m.

All evacuees in need of accommodations or immediate support should register at the Casman Centre, 110 Eymundson.

The registration centre has COVID-19 preventive measures in place and all procedures have been adjusted to align with current Public Health Orders and guidelines. Checking-in helps Regional Emergency Services identify community members that may be at risk.

If you’re evacuating and have accommodations and don’t require immediate support are asked to not report to a drive-thru Registration Centre.

There is transit buses stationed on Draper Road at the entrance of the community to transport residents to the registration centre if needed.

Evacuees are advised to:

Residents in the rest of Waterways and the Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray should prepare a 72-hour Emergency Kit and stay alert.

There is a high risk of further flooding along Clearwater Drive, Morimoto Drive and areas on Morrison Street.

Everyone is being advised to avoid riverbanks and shorelines, and to avoid stopping on the Athabasca Bridge to watch the river.

For alerts, updates and more information, visit the Municipality’s website.

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.