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Deluge of Rainfall Results In Evacuation Advisory In MVC

Thursday, June 7th 2012 07:00

There were several closures of parks & roadways in Mountain View County on Wednesday due to the flood warnings & watches issued for tributaries in the area.

**(updated June7, 7am)**

A flood watch remains in effect for the Red Deer River upstream of the Dickson Dam.

High streamflow advisories are in place for tributaries both upstream & downstream from the Dam.

Mountain View County is advising residents from the south McDougall Flatts area near Sundre along the north bank Red Deer River to leave due to the state of access roads & the potential for rising water - that includes Coyote Creek & the Sundre airport.

The emergency reception centre at Olds College was closed down last night - one resident had attended but found alternative accomodations.

Meantime a flood warning issued by Alberta Environment remains in effect for the Little Red Deer River - at mouth of the river the water levels are not expected to peak until late Thursday evening into Friday morning.

Water Valley campground has been closed.

Mountain View County staff also closed Anderson Valley Road, as well as Range Roads 52 from Highway 579 to Township Road 302. 

However, Range Road 54 has since been re-opened.

According to Ryan Morrison, MVC's Director of Emergency Management, Alberta Environment numbers showed approximately 80 millimeters of rain fell in the west country between Tuesday evening & Wednesday morning.

The Bergen Gravel Pit has been opened by County staff for Westward Ho campers to store their trailers.

On Wednesday, Farmer's along the Little Red Deer River were asked to move any livestock away from the river towards higher ground.

Elsewhere the Alberta government has closed several provincial parks due to flood risk.

The list includes Red Lodge Park west of Bowden.

Crescent Falls Recreation Area west of Rocky Mountain House near Higway 11.

And, Snow Creek Provincial Recreation Area west of Rocky also near Highway 11.

For more information on flood watches, warnings & high streamflow advisories visit www.environment.alberta.ca or www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca .


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