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UPDATE: Rapid spring melt leading to road closures in Birch Hills County

UPDATE: Melting snow is still causing issues and road closures in Birch Hills County. The flooding is moving from the Wanham area to the east and northeast with the Kakut Lake, Peoria, South Codesa, Eaglesham and Tangent areas are expected to see issues over the next few days.

An Alberta Emergency Alert has been issued for the region. Officials ask residents to call the County office at 780-694-3793 to report roads that are flooded or washed out.

A number of roads are closed due to flooding in Birch Hills County, northeast of Grande Prairie. Water levels were beginning to recede though the region says they are concerned that rising temperatures could lead to more flooding.

Chief Administrator Hermann Minderlein says crews were out all weekend and will continue to work on drainage flow in the area. Residents are asked to use caution while travelling around the area.

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Road closures are currently in place at the following locations: RR 11 from Hwy 49 to Twp 774, RR 23 from Twp 784 to Twp 790, RR 25 from Hwy 49 to Twp 782, RR 31 from Hwy 49 to Twp 782 and Twp 782 from RR 24 to RR 25.

A road ban is also currently in place at 75 per cent. It is in effect 24 hours a day.

Updates can be found on the county’s website and Facebook page.

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