Flood evacuation orders continue in parts of Alberta as some residents return

James Marshall
May 4, 2020

"To start seeing those lineups again and then hearing helicopters overhead - it was a little all too familiar", she said. "We know several thousand people could be affected". This has forced 560 residents of Garden River, 190 kilometres east of High Level, to leave their homes.

Nixon says that could mean another 6,000 people will need help.

"As we begin a lengthy recovery process, I want to assure everyone who has had their homes or businesses damaged in these floods that there is assistance coming", said Nixon.

"Dealing with low oil prices, COVID-19 and now this massive flood that hasn't happened in 100 years - it's a lot, it's a lot for people to take", she said Wednesday.

"We're concerned by the situation that residents in the Fort McMurray region of Alberta are facing, especially with the recent flooding", said Lucie Blanchet, Executive Vice-President, Personal Banking and Client Experience at National Bank.

And, the level of the Athabasca River dropped 3.5 metres overnight, and the Clearwater River by about one metre.

Earlier Friday, Scott said he had asked municipal employees to do everything they could to get people back to their homes as soon as possible. "I'm expecting we're going to make a lot more progress in the hours to come as well".

An estimated 1,230 structures in the city have been damaged.

The Fort McKay First Nation, about 60 kilometres north of the city, reported a death related to the flooding.

Toner, 41, volunteered at one registration centre Monday, when officials evacuated much of the city's downtown.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo says in a social media post that the plan will guide the cleanup and re-entry for residents in the downtown.

The municipality's director of emergency management, Scott Davis, said it will be some time before evacuees can return.

"Properties in these areas may have experienced sewer backups; utilities may not have been fully restored".

"We are. working with (Alberta Health Services), public health and RCMP as we determine what areas we can safely populate", Davis said.

"Safety is more important than anything else".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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