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UPDATE: Rycroft water levels stabilizing

UPDATE #2: As of 7 p.m. Tuesday night, the Emergency Operations Centre set up to deal with the high water levels has closed. The village says residents should still stay away from streams and water channels, and not drive through any roads under water.

Any changes to the current flooding situation should be reported to the village after-hours emergency phone number at 780-532-4519.

UPDATE: The Village of Rycroft says it is still monitoring high water levels, and outflow culverts are open and working. While they dropped late Sunday night, they are expected to rise again Monday afternoon.

As they do so, the village warns back flow preventers might not be working, and there’s a possibility of basements flooding and sewers backing up. Residents are asked to check they are working, and to minimize how much water is in the sewer system.

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Residents are also asked to keep away from streams and drainage channels. RCMP have been going door-to-door in the affected areas to see if anyone needs help.

An Alberta Emergency Alert has been issued for Rycroft due to flooding. The village first reported the creek running at high levels in the areas of 45 Avenue, 49 Street, 46 Avenue, and 47 Avenue Saturday night.

Water is now flowing over several roads, and drainage ditches are at capacity. Sunday evening, officials asked all vehicles to stay away from roads under water on the east side of the community.

As of 11 p.m. Sunday, water levels were receding but are expected to rise again Monday as temperatures increase. Residents are asked to do what they can to minimize the amount of water in the sewage system.

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