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Fort McMurray lifts all flood-related mandatory evacuation orders

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Fort McMurray lifted all flood-related mandatory evacuation orders on Sunday, according to a news release from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

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Officials lifted the mandatory evacuation for Garden Lane on May 3 at 6 p.m., the RMWB said.

“With this announcement, all mandatory evacuation orders related to river breakup flooding will have been lifted,” it said.

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The RMWB offered the following information to Draper residents:

  • Call Pulse at 780-743-7000 to schedule an inspection of your electrical system or visit rmwb.ca/utilities
  • Standing water? Contact ATCO Electric at 1-800-668-5506
  • Inspection and reconnection of propane and septic tanks can be arranged through your service provider
  • Well water may be compromised. Resources from Alberta Health Services may be helpful

The RMWB said it will start street sweeping flood-affected areas on May 4. The municipality’s planning and development office will also reopen that day.

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As people return home, the RMWB warned about the potential for asbestos and mould to be in flood-affected areas.

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To reduce the risk of asbestos exposure, avoid breaking materials that may contain it. Keep materials wet and put them in a sealed plastic bag, according to the RMWB.

To protect yourself from mould exposure, the RMWB said to avoid disturbing mouldy materials, put waste with mould in a sealed plastic bag and scrub surfaces.

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Ice jams on the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers in Fort McMurray and the Peace River in Mackenzie County caused the flooding, according to the Alberta government.

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