Water levels receding in Peace River after creek overflows

Water levels are receding in a downtown area of the Town of Peace River in northwest Alberta.

Section of downtown remains under a voluntary evacuation advisory

Water levels are receding in a downtown area of the Town of Peace River in northwest Alberta. 

Part of the town remains under a voluntary evacuation advisory after Pat’s Creek overflowed, sending about a foot of water into nearby streets.

 Mayor Tom Tarpey said berms built to divert the water did their job.

He expects most shops and services to be open today.

The town issued a voluntary evacuation notice last night, affecting about a hundred people.

A reception centre was set up at the Baytex Energy Centre, but it was shut down overnight due to lack of demand.

The flooding began when a creek that runs through a culvert under the town became jammed with ice.

The evacuation area covered 98th Street south of the bowling alley on 90th Avenue to Golf World on the Peace River.

The area includes Riverdrive Mall, Stonehedge Condominium and Best Canadian Motor Inn.