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Canadian town undergoes evacuation after broken ice causes flooding

Canadian town undergoes evacuation after broken ice causes flooding


that eviction order It is in place for a Canadian town in the Northwest Territories due to heavy flooding.

Residents of High River, on the south side of Great Slave Lake, have been ordered to leave and seek shelter, according to a Thursday news release from the city.

The Hay River is about a five and a half hour drive around the lake from Yellowknife.

“This is a difficult time for our community,” the town of Hay River said in an update. new version Friday. “Please remember that people today are tired, anxious, and under a lot of pressure. Be friendly with each other. Take productive action to get through this together.”

The statement said the city’s residents would not be allowed to return home because “their presence here is detrimental to our recovery efforts.”

There is no access road in certain areas, including the Valley Island area, and “provides essential services, including health, food, transportation, etc.” It was not confirmed in the town, according to the statement.

An earlier report stated that several rescues had been conducted, and property damage had been reported across the city.

Tyler Martel, who lives in the Hays River area, told CNN he chose not to evict, despite an eviction order.

“What a night it was. Martel said the whole town after the flood evacuation… Half the town had water and snow Facebook With pictures showing the effects of severe floods. “I’ve never seen this before in my life and I hope to never see it again. Stay safe everyone…”

As of Friday afternoon, the waters appeared to be receding in some areas, but “anything can still happen,” Martell told CNN.

He added: “The town was not prepared, because this had not happened to the south side of the bridge before,” and added: “The old town is north of the bridge, it is common to have high water in the spring, because it is an island. ”

city ​​first advised Residents on April 7 to be prepared for the possibility of flooding from breaking ice. Warmer temperatures, melting ice and rising water levels have played a role in the flooding over the past two weeks.

A local state of emergency and an evacuation order went into effect May 7 for the area.

“Access to the community is limited to emergency and essential services.” Press release said. “The entire city will switch from responding to recovery activities once the risks of collapse are reduced and the risks associated with flooding are mitigated.”

Mickey McBrian, a resident of Yellowknife on the north side of Great Slave Lake, recorded video from a plane Thursday, flying over the area and showing the Merlin Carter High River Airport runway under some water, cutting ice in the surrounding river.

McBrian told CNN that his parents live in High River and have damages in their basement and yard. He added that the airport informed the community that it would take at least a week before services resume.

“The best part about all of this is that the community sticks together,” McBrian said. “Everyone steps in and gets together.”

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