Local state of emergency due to flooding dropped in Yellowhead County

An apparent sinkhole can be seen splitting a closed highway in half in Yellowhead County. Courtesy: Yellowhead County/Facebook

After declaring a local state of emergency due to overland flooding on Tuesday, Yellowhead County dropped the warning on Wednesday.

Alberta had experienced turbulent weather over several days, which prompted funnel cloud advisories and severe thunderstorm warnings.

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The spots that were of most concern due to flooding included around the Niton Junction along Highway 16 and the Carrot Creek area.

New flooding was reported Tuesday in low-lying areas along the Lobstick River and the Chip Lake area, according to an Alberta Emergency Alert. Several roads were listed as impassable due to flooding.

On its Facebook page Tuesday, Yellowhead County posted a photo that appeared to show a massive sinkhole splitting a closed highway in half. Another photo showed a road completely washed out.

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A road can be see washed out in Yellowhead County due to significant flooding. Yellowhead County/Facebook

Residents were asked to obey road barriers and not to enter standing water.

On Monday, the county activated its emergency operations centre in response to high water levels. The Peers multiplex was opened for those that could not return to their homes. Those who had another place to stay were asked to register via phone.

Yellowhead County transportation and emergency services were overseeing the situation. Officials asked people to report areas of concern to 1-833-334-4630.

On Wednesday, the Alberta Emergency Alert was dropped and the county said it was shutting down its emergency operations centre and ending the local state of emergency.

“Residents who believe their potable water has been affected by the flood are urged to call 310-FIRE for assistance,” the county said in a Facebook message.

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The same message said Leaman Road had been reopened but the Carrot Creek Loop section had been closed.

Flooding in Yellowhead County on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Courtesy: Facebook/Yellowhead County

Yellowhead County is located about 250 kilometres west of Edmonton.

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