The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has launched the 2014 River Breakup campaign. Residents are encouraged to make a plan to protect their homes and businesses in the event that flooding occurs in the Lower Townsite.
Residents are also reminded to stay away from river banks during the breakup and to become familiar with the river breakup information at www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/AreYouReady.
“While the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers appear calm now, river breakup can happen at any time,” said Alan McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Chief of Emergency Management. “Flooding can happen quickly and with little warning. The Lower Townsite and Waterways District are at the highest risk and residents should take precautions.”
Should flooding conditions lead to evacuation, exit routes are marked with “E” signs to guide residents to safety. River breakup usually happens in April. The earliest recorded date is April 9, while the latest is May 9. In 2013, breakup was on April 29.
The Emergency Management Hotline, at 780.799.8000, will provide pre-recorded updates on an as-needed basis.