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Overland Flooding Alert

May 20, 2020

Big Lakes County continues to repair roads and culverts that were washed out or damaged from the overland flooding in April.
The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:
• RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
• RGE RD 163 north of TWP RD 750
• RGR RD 192 from TWP RD 720 north to TWP RD 722
• RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750
• TWP RD 755B west of SH 749
• TWP RD 752A from TWP RD 752 to RGE RD 153
• TWP RD 752 east of SH 750
• TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163
• TWP RD 743 from RGE RD 173 to RGE RD 174


The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:
• TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152 *might be open by this afternoon
• TWP RD 752A to RGE RD 155A

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May 13, 2020

Big Lakes County continues to repair roads and culverts that were washed out or damaged from the overland flooding in April.

The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • RGE RD 163 north of TWP RD 750
  • RGR RD 192 from TWP RD 720 north to TWP RD 722
  • RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750
  • TWP RD 755B west of SH 749
  • TWP RD 752A from TWP RD 752 to RGE RD 153
  • TWP RD 752 east of SH 750
  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152, culvert washed out
  • TWP RD 743 from RGE RD 173 to RGE RD 174
  • TWP RD 752A to RGE RD 155A

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May 12, 2020

Big Lakes County continues to repair roads and culverts that were washed out or damaged from the overland flooding in April.

The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • RGE RD 163 north of TWP RD 750
  • RGR RD 192 from TWP RD 720 north to TWP RD 722
  • RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750
  • TWP RD 755B west of SH 749
  • TWP RD 752A from TWP RD 752 to RGE RD 153
  • TWP RD 752 east of SH 750

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163, culverts washed out
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152, culvert washed out
  • TWP RD 743 from RGE RD 173 to RGE RD 174
  • TWP RD 752A to RGE RD 155A

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May 7, 2020

Big Lakes County continues to repair roads and culverts that were washed out or damaged from the overland flooding in April.

The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • RGE RD 163 north of TWP RD 750
  • RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750
  • TWP RD 752A from TWP RD 752 to RGE RD 153
  • TWP RD 752 east of SH 750
  • TWP RD 755B west of SH 749

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163, culverts washed out
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152, culvert washed out
  • RGR RD 192 from TWP RD 720 north to TWP RD 722
  • TWP RD 743 from RGE RD 173 to RGE RD 174
  • TWP RD 752A to RGE RD 155A

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May 6, 2020

Big Lakes County continues to repair roads and culverts that were washed out or damaged from the overland flooding in April.

The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • TWP RD 755B west of SH 749

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163, culverts washed out
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152, culvert washed out
  • RGE RD 163 north of TWP RD 750, culvert washed out
  • RGR RD 192 from TWP RD 720 north to TWP RD 722
  • RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750
  • TWP RD 743 from RGE RD 173 to RGE RD 174
  • TWP RD 752A to RGE RD 155A
  • TWP RD 752A from TWP RD 752 to RGE RD 153
  • TWP RD 752 east of SH, culvert washed out

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May 5, 2020

Big Lakes County continues to repair roads and culverts that were washed out or damaged from the overland flooding in April.

The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • RGE RD 180 at Hwy 2 to south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of Hwy 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of Hwy 2
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 185 south from TWP RD 742 to TWP RD 740
  • RGE RD 180 at HWY 2 south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of HWY 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of HWY 2
  • TWP RD 742 west of RGE RD 185
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 191 from TWP RD 730 to TWP RD 724
  • RGE RD 110 north of HWY 2
  • TWP RD 750 from RGE RD 153 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 752A from RGE RD 153 to SH 750
  • RGE RD 171 north of TWP RD 752

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163, culverts washed out
  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • RGE RD 163 north of TWP RD 750, culvert washed out
  • TWP RD 755 A from HWY 749 east / north to TWP RD 762
  • RGR RD 192 from TWP RD 720 north to TWP RD 722
  • RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152
  • TWP RD 755B west of SH 749
  • TWP RD 743 from RGE RD 173 to RGE RD 174
  • TWP RD 752A to RGE RD 155A
  • TWP RD 752A from TWP RD 752 to RGE RD 153

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May 4, 2020

Big Lakes County continues to repair roads and culverts that were washed out or damaged from the overland flooding in April.

The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • RGE RD 180 at Hwy 2 to south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of Hwy 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of Hwy 2
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 185 south from TWP RD 742 to TWP RD 740
  • RGE RD 180 at HWY 2 south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of HWY 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of HWY 2
  • TWP RD 742 west of RGE RD 185
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 191 from TWP RD 730 to TWP RD 724
  • RGE RD 110 north of HWY 2
  • TWP RD 750 from RGE RD 153 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 752A from RGE RD 153 to SH 750

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163, culverts washed out
  • RGE RD 171 north of TWP RD 752, culvert washed out
  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • RGE RD 163 north of TWP RD 750, culvert washed out
  • TWP RD 755 A from HWY 749 east / north to TWP RD 762
  • RGR RD 192 from TWP RD 720 north to TWP RD 722
  • RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152
  • TWP RD 755B west of SH 749

We will continue to add to this list of road closures as we become aware of flooded conditions. Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move/remove or drive around barricades. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded contact the County Office at 780-523-5955. Should residents feel that their homes are at risk due to rising water, they are advised to contact Big Lakes County and crews will be dispatched to investigate the situation. Sandbags are also available at the Big Lakes County Administration Office at 5305-56 Street in High Prairie. 

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May 1, 2020

In April, Big Lakes County experienced heavy spring runoff, which caused overland flooding in low lying areas throughout the County. Several County roads and properties were affected.
 
Recovering from a disaster is difficult. The Government of Alberta makes it easier by providing financial assistance for uninsurable loss and damage caused by emergencies and disasters. After a disaster, the affected municipality can apply for a Disaster Recovery Program, and if the municipal application is approved, affected residents can apply for financial assistance.
 
Therefore, Big Lakes County is asking all County residents who experienced loss or damage by the spring flood to please fill out the Early Damage Assessment Private Sector form. Forms are due May 12, 2020.
The form is located on this page under Media Releases. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pat Olansky, Director of Emergency Management, at 780-523-5955.

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April 28, 2020 @9:45am 

Public Works crews are currently working throughout the County repairing washouts. The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • RGE RD 180 at Hwy 2 to south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of Hwy 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of Hwy 2
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 185 south from TWP RD 742 to TWP RD 740
  • RGE RD 180 at HWY 2 south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of HWY 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of HWY 2
  • TWP RD 742 west of RGE RD 185
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 191 from TWP RD 730 to TWP RD 724
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152
  • RGE RD 110 north of HWY 2
  • TWP RD 750 from RGE RD 153 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 752A from RGE RD 153 to SH 750

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163, culverts washed out
  • RGE RD 171 north of TWP RD 752, culvert washed out
  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • RGE RD 163 North of TWP RD 750, culvert washed out
  • TWP RD 755 A from HWY 749 east / north to TWP RD 762
  • RGR RD 192 from TWP RD 720 north to TWP RD 722
  • RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750

We will continue to add to this list of road closures as we become aware of flooded conditions. Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move/remove or drive around barricades. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded contact the County Office at 780-523-5955. Should residents feel that their homes are at risk due to rising water, they are advised to contact Big Lakes County and crews will be dispatched to investigate the situation. Sandbags are also available at the Big Lakes County Administration Office at 5305-56 Street in High Prairie.
 

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April 27, 2020 @1:30pm 

The Evacuation Alert and the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) issued by Big Lakes County for areas affected by overland flooding has been terminated. 

Big Lakes County is satisfied that overland flooding in the County no longer presents a significant risk to the health and safety of our residents. The water is receding along the West Prairie, South Heart and East Prairie rivers, and County crews are demobilizing flood prevention equipment today.

However, residents are advised to continue avoiding flooded areas, and to respect the barricades and signage. Public Works crews are working throughout the County to repair washouts. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded contact the County Office at 780-523-5955.

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April 27, 2020 @9:15am 

Over the weekend, Big Lakes County continued to monitor water levels and roads for washouts and placed protective dam barriers around homes in imminent risk along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River. A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) is still in effect for areas along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River that are experiencing overland flooding. Public Works crews are currently working throughout the County repairing washouts. The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • RGE RD 180 at Hwy 2 to south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of Hwy 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of Hwy 2
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 185 south from TWP RD 742 to TWP RD 740
  • RGE RD 180 at HWY 2 south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 742 east (of HWY 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of HWY 2
  • TWP RD 742 west of RGE RD 185
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 191 from TWP RD 730 to TWP RD 724

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163, culverts washed out
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152, culvert washed out
  • RGE RD 171 north of TWP RD 752, culvert washed out
  • RGE RD 192 from TWP RD 724 to TWP RD 720
  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • RGE RD 163 North of TWP RD 750, culvert washed out
  • RGE RD 110 north of HWY 2
  • TWP RD 755 A from HWY 749 east / north to TWP RD 762
  • RGR RD 192 from TWP RD720 north to TWP RD 722
  • TWP RD 750 from RGE RD 153 to RGE RD 154
  • RGE RD 154 from TWP RD 744 north to TWP RD 750
  • TWP RD 752A from RGE RD 153 to SH 750

We will continue to add to this list of road closures as we become aware of flooded conditions. Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move/remove or drive around barricades. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded contact the County Office at 780-523-5955. Should residents feel that their homes are at risk due to rising water, they are advised to contact Big Lakes County and crews will be dispatched to investigate the situation. Sandbags are also available at the Big Lakes County Administration Office at 5305-56 Street in High Prairie. As conditions change, we recommend that residents watch the Big Lakes County website (www.biglakescounty.ca) and Facebook page for updates. If you see water running over the road, please report it immediately.

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April 26, 2020 @4PM 

Since this morning, there are no significant changes to the West Prairie River and to properties along HWY 749. 

The ice jam along the East Prairie River has broken up and the water is flowing. County crews will continue to monitor properties along the East Prairie River.

We will have another update for you tomorrow morning.  

A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) is still in effect for areas along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River that are experiencing overland flooding. At this time, a SOLE is in place if a mandatory evacuation is deemed necessary. A SOLE also allows the County to enter affected lands for mitigation measures if required. Affected residents have been alerted and are advised to continue preparations to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advanced notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. If you have evacuated your residence please register with Emergency Social Services at 780-523-0108.

Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move, remove or drive around barricades.

Big Lakes County will continue to keep you updated as new information comes in. Further information will be issued on the Big Lakes County website at www.biglakescounty.ca, the Big Lakes County Facebook Page, and the Alberta Emergency Alert website at www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca.

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April 26, 2020 @8:55am 

As of this morning, there are no significant changes to the West Prairie River and to properties along HWY 749. 

The East Prairie River ice jam has moved to the end of RR 161, north of Enilda. The ice jam is approximately 3 miles long. County crews will continue to monitor properties east of the East Prairie River.

A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) is still in effect for areas along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River that are experiencing overland flooding. At this time, a SOLE is in place if a mandatory evacuation is deemed necessary. A SOLE also allows the County to enter affected lands for mitigation measures if required. Affected residents have been alerted and are advised to continue preparations to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advanced notice as possible prior to evacuation; however, you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. If you have evacuated your residence please register with Emergency Social Services at 780-523-0108.

Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move, remove or drive around barricades.

Big Lakes County will continue to keep you updated as new information comes in. Further information will be issued on the Big Lakes County website at www.biglakescounty.ca, the Big Lakes County Facebook Page, and the Alberta Emergency Alert website at www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca.

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April 25, 2020 @7:15PM

Currently, the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River water levels are stable. However, water levels in low lying areas have increased slightly.

Big Lakes County will continue to monitor the situation overnight, and we will have another update for you tomorrow morning.

A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) is still in effect for areas along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River that are experiencing overland flooding. At this time, a SOLE is in place if a mandatory evacuation is deemed necessary. A SOLE also allows the County to enter affected lands for mitigation measures if required. Affected residents have been alerted and are advised to continue preparations to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advanced notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. If you have evacuated your residence please register with Emergency Social Services at 780-523-0108.

Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move, remove or drive around barricades.

Big Lakes County will continue to keep you updated as new information comes in. Further information will be issued on the Big Lakes County website at www.biglakescounty.ca, the Big Lakes County Facebook Page, and the Alberta Emergency Alert website at www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca.

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April 25, 2020 @1pm

Big Lakes County continues to monitor water levels and roads for washouts and are placing protective dam barriers around homes in imminent risk along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River.

The ice jam along the West Prairie River has broken up and the water is flowing. 

Water levels are rising south of the Heart River Bridge in low lying areas between TWP 752 and the Heart River Bridge. 

A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) is still in effect for areas along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River that are experiencing overland flooding. At this time, a SOLE is in place if a mandatory evacuation is deemed necessary. A SOLE also allows the County to enter affected lands for mitigation measures if required. Affected residents have been alerted and are advised to continue preparations to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advanced notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. If you have evacuated your residence please register with Emergency Social Services at 780-523-0108.

 

Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move, remove or drive around barricades.

 

Big Lakes County will continue to keep you updated as new information comes in. Further information will be issued on the Big Lakes County website at www.biglakescounty.ca, the Big Lakes County Facebook Page, and the Alberta Emergency Alert website at www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca.

 

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April 25, 2020 @10:12am

A State of Local Emergency is still in effect for areas along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River that are experiencing overland flooding. 

Big Lakes County continues to monitor water levels and roads for washouts and are placing protective dam barriers around homes in imminent risk. 

Affected residents have been alerted and are advised to continue preparations to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advanced notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. If you have evacuated your residence please register with Emergency Social Services at 780-523-0108. 

Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move, remove or drive around barricades. 

Big Lakes County will continue to keep you updated as new information comes in. Further information will be issued on the Big Lakes County website at www.biglakescounty.ca, the Big Lakes County Facebook Page, and the Alberta Emergency Alert website at www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca.

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April 24, 2020 @5pm

Big Lakes County has declared a State of Local Emergency for those areas along the West Prairie River, South Heart River, and the East Prairie River. Heavy spring runoff has caused these low lying areas to experience overland flooding.

County resources are monitoring water levels and roads for washouts, and Big Lakes County Fire Services with the assistance of the High Prairie Fire Department are placing protective dam barriers around homes.

Affected residents have been alerted and are advised to continue preparations to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

Further information will be issued on the
the Big Lakes County Facebook Page and the Alberta Emergency Alert website

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April 24, 2020 @ 4:19pm 

Big Lakes County is continuing to experience heavy spring runoff conditions. This is causing overland flooding of low lying areas from various rivers, streams, and creeks within the County. Public Works crews are currently working throughout the County repairing washouts.

The following roads within Big Lakes County are now open:

  • RGE RD 180 at Hwy 2 to south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of Hwy 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 93 north of Hwy 2
  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23
  • RGE RD 163 North of TWP RD 750
  • RGE RD 93 south of TWP RD 730
  • RGE RD 191 from TWP RD 730 to TWP RD 724 (*CORRECTED) 

The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • TWP RD 742 west of RGE RD 185, culverts washed out
  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163, culverts washed out
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152, culvert washed out
  • RGE RD 185 south from TWP RD 742 to TWP RD 740, washed out culvert
  • RGE RD 171 north of TWP RD 752, culvert washed out

New

  • RGE RD 192 from TWP RD 724 to TWP RD 720

We will continue to add to this list of road closures as we become aware of flooded conditions. Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move/remove or drive around barricades. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded contact the County Office at 780-523-5955. Should residents feel that their homes are at risk due to rising water, they are advised to contact Big Lakes County at (780) 523-5955, and crews will be dispatched to investigate the situation. Sandbags are also available at the Big Lakes County Administration Office at 5305-56 Street in High Prairie. As conditions change, we recommend that residents watch the Big Lakes County website (www.biglakescounty.ca) and Facebook page for updates. If you see water running over the road, please report it immediately.

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April 24, 2020 @2:56pm

Spring runoff in Big Lakes County is causing overland flooding of low lying areas from various rivers, streams and creeks within Big Lakes County. Public Works crews are currently working throughout the County repairing washouts.

Avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move remove or drive around barricades. For the latest updates check www.biglakescounty.ca or the County's Facebook Page and follow instructions that apply to your area. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded contact the County Office at 780-523-5955. 

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April 24, 2020 @12:45pm

Please be advised that Big Lakes County is dispatiching crews on our airboat and side-by-side to better assess the overland flooding situation. We will have an update for you this afternoon. 

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April 23, 2020 @5:15pm

Ice build up within the West Prairie River and East Prairie River may cause flooding in low lying areas and affect properties in the immediate area. Residents in the following areas should prepared to evacuate on short notice:

- North of the Town of High Prairie and west of the West Prairie River along Township Roads 753, 753A, Range Road 170A, Range Road 171A;

- North of the Town of High Prairie and east of the West Prairie River and west of Highway 749 along Township Roads 750, 752, and Range Road 171;

- Along the East Prairie River on Township Road 740 to Township Road 745, Range Road 161, and Range Road 162

This alert is to allow you time to prepare for potential evacuation. You are not required to evacuate at this time. Gather important documents like identification and insurance, and prepare any food and water you need. If an evacuation order is issued, please bring your medication, blankets, sleeping bags, personal items and supplies for family and pets. Please share this message with your neighbours and particularly those without access to the internet. 

Contact Big Lakes County at 780-523-8248 or 780-523-5955 for more information. If you choose to evacuate voluntarily, please register by calling Nicole at 780-523-0108. 

Remember to follow the recommendations and regulations set by AHS & GoA to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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April 23, 2020 @ 3:43pm

Big Lakes County is continuing to experience heavy spring runoff conditions. This is causing overland flooding of low lying areas from various rivers, streams, and creeks within the County. Public Works crews are currently working throughout the County repairing washouts. The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

  • RGE RD 185 south from TWP RD 742 to TWP RD 740
  • RGE RD 180 at Hwy 2 south
  • TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154
  • TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to Range Road 161
  • TWP RD 724 east (of Hwy 749) at RGE RD 164
  • RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd at km 23
  • TWP RD 742 west of RGE RD 185
  • TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163
  • TWP RD 750 east of Hwy 750 to RGE RD 152
  • TWP RD 755A

We will continue to add to this list of road closures as we become aware of flooded conditions. Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move/remove or drive around barricades. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded contact the County Office at 780-523-5955. Should residents feel that their homes are at risk due to rising water, they are advised to contact Big Lakes County at (780) 523-5955, and crews will be dispatched to investigate the situation. Sandbags are also available at the Big Lakes County Administration Office at 5305-56 Street in High Prairie. As conditions change, we recommend that residents watch the Big Lakes County website (www.biglakescounty.ca) and Facebook page for updates. If you see water running over the road, please report it immediately.

 

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April 23, 2020 @ 1:23PM

Big Lakes County is continuing to experience heavy spring runoff conditions. This is causing overland flooding of low lying areas from various rivers, streams and creeks within Big Lakes County. Public Works crews are currently working throughout the County repairing washouts. The following roads within Big Lakes County have been closed due to overland flooding and/or culvert washouts:

• RGE RD 185 south from TWP RD 742 to TWP RD 740 due to a washed out culvert

• RGE RD 180 at HWY 2 to south, washed out culvert due to excessive water over the road

• TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 724 east (of Hwy 749) at RGE RD 164 due to a washed out culvert

• RGE RD 93 north of HWY 2 due to a washed out culvert

• RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 742 west of RGE RD 185 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 750 east of HWY 750 to RR 152 due to a washed out culvert

TWP RD 755A, overland flooding

We will continue to add to this list of road closures as we become aware of flooded conditions.

Avoid flooded areas. Respect the barricades and signage. Do not move remove or drive around barricades. For the latest updates check www.biglakescounty.ca or the County's Facebook Page and follow instructions that apply to your area. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded contact the County Office at 780-523-5955.

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April 22, 2020 @ 4pm

Due to excessive spring runoff, the following County Roads have been closed:

• RGE RD 185 south from TWP RD 742 to TWP RD 740 due to a washed out culvert

• RGE RD 180 at HWY 2 to south, washed out culvert due to excessive water over the road

• TWP RD 742 east from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 154 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 742 west from RGE RD 160 to RGE RD 161 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 724 east (of Hwy 749) at RGE RD 164 due to a washed out culvert

• RGE RD 93 north of HWY 2 due to a washed out culvert

• RGE RD 112 House Mountain Rd, at km 23 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 742 west of RGE RD 185 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 714 east of RGE RD 163 due to a washed out culvert

• TWP RD 750 east of HWY 750 to RR 152 due to a washed out culvert

TWP RD 755A, overland flooding

Avoid rivers, valleys and low lying areas. Avoid travel through barricaded roads. Do not travel through flooded roads. Avoid flooded areas. Listen for further updates from Big Lakes County and follow the instructions that apply to your area. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded, contact the Big Lakes County Office at 780-523-5955.

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April 22, 2020 @ 9:02am

A large amount of water from various rivers and streams within Big Lakes County is causing overland flooding of low lying areas throughout the County.

Excessive spring runoff is causing several rivers, streams and creeks within Big Lakes County to overflow their banks causing flooding of low lying areas. Several County roads are affected.

Avoid rivers, valleys and low lying areas. Avoid travel through barricaded roads. Do not travel through flooded roads. Avoid flooded areas. Listen for further updates from Big Lakes County and follow the instructions that apply to your area. If you encounter a flooded road that has not yet been marked or barricaded, contact the Big Lakes County Office at 780-523-5955.