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Flooding, slides affecting roads in Lac Ste. Anne County

Range Road 71 in Lac Ste. Anne County damaged by precipitation. July 11, 2019.
Range Road 71 in Lac Ste. Anne County damaged by precipitation. July 11, 2019. Tom Vernon, Global News

Significant precipitation has caused flooding, slides and road closures in Lac Ste. Anne County west of Edmonton.

On Wednesday afternoon, an Alberta Emergency Alert was issued for the region, warning of hazardous road conditions.

On Friday, an updated alert was issued, saying the following roads were impacted:

  • Slide at Range Road 80, south of Highway 43
  • Slide at Range Road 71, south of Highway 43
  • Slide at Township Road 574 at Range Road 85
  • Slide at Township Road 553A at Range Road 61
  • Slide at Township Road 554 between range roads 62 and 63 “at the culvert”
  • Slide at Hamlet of Sangudo at 53 Avenue

The alert asked people to follow all signs and use alternate routes where directed.

The update on Friday said repairs were underway “where possible.”

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Updates will be shared on the county’s website.

Paddle River Dam Campground in Lac Ste. Anne County on July 10, 2019.
Paddle River Dam Campground in Lac Ste. Anne County on July 10, 2019. Supplied to Global News

The county also issued a voluntary evacuation notice on Wednesday for Paddle River Dam Campground.

“Lac Ste. Anne County has been experiencing a high-water event because of the tremendous amounts of precipitation received in the month of June, and to date in July, that is resulting in deteriorating road and infrastructure conditions in many areas,” the notice read.

It said higher than normal water levels were being reported in the Paddle Dam Reservoir and water is starting to encroach on some of the campsites.

Since more precipitation is expected, “the county has determined that it is time to recommend a voluntary evacuation of our patrons, ahead of the potential need for increased releases of water from the reservoir by dam operations.”

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The county also closed the campground on Wednesday.

Lac Ste. Anne County is located about 100 kilometres west of Edmonton.