Saskatchewan

Prince Albert warns residents near river to be ready to leave

Residents in parts of Prince Albert have been told to be ready just in case an evacuation is necessary due to flooding from the North Saskatchewan River which is expected to reach peak volumes sometime before the end of the week.
People in selected areas of Prince Albert are being advised to be ready to leave, just in case there is flooding. (Google Maps)

Residents in parts of Prince Albert have been told to be ready just in case an evacuation is necessary due to flooding from the North Saskatchewan River which is expected to reach peak volumes sometime before the end of the week.

Officials distributed notices Wednesday afternoon to residences on the south side of Riverside Drive, Highway 55 East and portions of Little Red River Park.

The advisory does not require people to leave but cautions they should be prepared in case they are forced out in a hurry.

"This notice is a proactive action to ensure safety of citizens in these particular sections of the city," officials said in a news release. "Residents who receive this notice today should gather important medical and insurance documents, medication and essential phone numbers."

Meanwhile, everyone in Prince Albert was being urged to stay clear of the North Saskatchewan River, as its banks could be unstable. The flow of water through the city was also expected to reach "extreme" speeds over the next few days.

 

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