Highway 63 continues to remain partially impassible and now RCMP are advising that Secondary Highway 881 is also closed due to flooding. Police have received information that a bridge north of Anzac is reportedly being washed out making it unsafe for vehicles to travel over. Travel is not recommended in the area and motorists are advised to proceed with caution if travel is absolutely necessary.
Background (Released 2013-06-09)
On June 9, 2013, shortly before 9:30 pm, Wood Buffalo RCMP were informed by Carillion, in conjunction with Alberta Transportation, that Highway 63 was being shut down approximately 32 kilometres south of Fort McMurray due to flooding. Traffic is being rerouted onto Highway 881, as the roadway remains open at this time. Large transport trucks that are currently on the roadway will still be allowed through on Highway 63, however police are strongly recommending that all motorists make alternate arrangements.
Motorists are reminded to drive to the road conditions. Given the large amount of precipitation that has fallen, and continues to come down within the area, visibility is reduced and the likeliness of slippery roads is greater. At this time, there is no estimate of how long the highway will remain impassible, and updates will be provided as new information comes to light.