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Mandatory evacuation order issued for parts of Drumheller

Residents in the community of Wayne, Alta., and along Highway 10X in the Drumheller area are being told to evacuate homes and businesses because of high waters in the Rosebud River.

Alert issued for Wayne, Alta, and along Highway 10X due to high water in Rosebud River

Warm spring temperatures across the province are causing melting snow to flood roads and residential areas in communities in several parts of the province, including in the Drumheller area, where this picture was taken. (@RickWathen82)

Residents in the community of Wayne, Alta., and along Highway 10X in the Drumheller area are being told to evacuate homes and businesses because of high waters in the Rosebud River.

The Town of Drumheller — which includes the former hamlet of Wayne about 14 kilometres southeast of the main community — declared a state of local emergency at 5 p.m. on Monday.

The critical emergency alert evacuation order was issued just over an hour and a half later. 

Members of Drumheller's fire department were going door to door to make sure people were aware of the order.

Affected residents were told to register at the reception centre at the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society Building.

Highway 10X between Bridge 2 and Township Road 280 near Drumheller was closed to traffic at 8 p.m. Monday.

The Rosebud River is a major tributary of the Red Deer River, which runs through the main section of Drumheller. 


Flooding across the province

The warm spring temperatures across the province are causing the melting snow to flood roads and residential areas in communities in several parts of the province.

Flood alerts are in effect in the following areas:

  • Red Deer County
  • Wheatland County
  • Siksika Nation
  • Kneehill County
  • Rycroft
  • Greenview
  • Taber
  • Vulcan County
  • Smoky River
  • Lamont County
  • Forty Mile County
  • Bragg Creek

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