Parts of Alberta town evacuated due to flooding

Water floods a segment of 98 Street in downtown Peace River, Alta., on April 8, 2014. (ADAM...

Water floods a segment of 98 Street in downtown Peace River, Alta., on April 8, 2014. (ADAM DIETRICH/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

EDMONTON - Parts of Peace River, Alta., were evacuated Tuesday night as water flooded the downtown area.

A reception centre was set up at the Baytex Energy Centre for residents left without another place to stay, but pets were not allowed.

Crews broke through the dyke at Pat’s Creek, as dump trucks made berms to divert water. Alberta Transportation brought in materials for temporary earth berms.

The town is also keeping a close eye on Heart River. The Heart River bridge was closed by 9 p.m. while the Jonah Hill Road was reduced to a single lane.

In 2013, the town was dealt a double blow with the Judah Hill landslide and Pat’s Creek flooding.

The disasters damaged Highway 744.

Peace River is approximately 500 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.


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