Canadian News Apr 27, 2020 7:59 PM EST

Fort McMurray residents forced to evacuate due to flooding

Fort McMurray has been experiencing critical overland flooding Sunday night and by Monday morning it resulted in mandatory evacuation orders.

Fort McMurray residents forced to evacuate due to flooding
Quinn Patrick Montreal, QC
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Fort McMurray has been experiencing critical overland flooding Sunday night and by Monday morning the continuous flooding has resulted in mandatory evacuation orders.

Some areas of Fort MacMurray's downtown have been closed off and access to the city's Lower Townsite has been completely cut off, according to CTV News.

Initially, it was the high water levels of the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers that sounded the alarm Sunday night. Mandatory evacuation orders were set in place by the Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo on Monday as things got worse.

There were over 100 people who refused to comply with the evacuation orders in the municipality, they later had to be rescued during the night.

My apartment is up pretty high... but around it... Update: Evacuated safely. Transported to evac centre, now at a friend’s house. Fort McMurray has a lot to deal with. These guys here are some of the most resilient people and it’s an honour to serve them. Today they served me and what a blessing. But still, this is a lot. Earlier on our church livestream, I shared a verse from our bulletin. Isaiah 41:10. When we are afraid about tomorrow, we forget who God is. When we become discouraged about the calamity invading our comfort, we forget what God can do. In the midst of what our city is going through, it is so important to remember that God is relentless in his pursuit for us and his mighty right hand brings us victory. Pray for our city to remember our Ever present Help. Our future may seem bleak, but God knows.

Posted by Joseph Enverga on Monday, April 27, 2020

For neighbourhoods that fall north of the Athabasca River bridges, a boil water advisory has also been implemented.

The municipality was already under a state of local emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and since the flooding, they have had to issue a secondary state of emergency.

Places like the Wood Buffalo Food Bank have been forced to close due to the flooding and their services were already desperately needed at this time to help with the pandemic.

Residents who have been ousted from their homes may find refuge at one Edmonton hotel that is currently offering a "Compassion Rate."

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