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Evacuation order, alert downgraded for more County residents

More County of Grande Prairie residents can return home. The evacuation order for some has been downgraded to an alert, and the alert has been removed for others as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents from Township Road 710 to the Wapiti River from Range Road 73 to Range Road 65 and from Township Road 710 to Township Road 705 east of Spring Creek to Range Road 65 are now on evacuation alert and can head home again. This includes Riverview Pines Estates, Spring Creek Estates, and Wapiti Heights Estates. They must remain prepared to evacuate in 30 minutes and are told to watch for emergency crews in the area.

Residents from Township Road 705 to the Wapiti River east of Spring Creek to Range Road 65 remain on evacuation order, including The Banks at Spring Creek. According to the latest update from the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership, hot spots are still active along the west side of the subdivision, which crews are targeting before re-entry can take place.

All other areas are no longer under evacuation alert. That includes residents west of Range Road 73, residents in the Park Meadows and Deer Run Estates subdivisions, residents addressed from Township 710 between Spring Creek and Range Road 65, residents addressed from Township Road 710 along Range Road 65 south to Park Meadows, and residents within the Sections of 32-70-6W6M and 33-70-6W6M.

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The change to the evacuation area comes a day after other residents were moved from an evacuation order to an alert. At that time, GPREP said 207 households were allowed to return to their properties with 139 residential addresses still under an evacuation order.

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