It’s been five days since first being called, yet the hamlet of Marten Beach in northern Alberta remains under an evacuation order.
A local state of emergency was called on Thursday, July 25, due to overland flooding, which caused the closures of Highway 88 — a crucial roadway to the community.
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By Sunday, July 28, floodwater was being pumped out of the area and into the Marten River, though residents were still displaced and urged to retain receipts and documentation for insurance claims, according to a tweet from the MD of Lesser Slave River.
FLOOD UPDATE SATURDAY JULY 27 AT 6:45 PM: Displaced Marten Beach residents and Marten River campers in accommodations: Please retain all receipts for documentation purposes when filing insurance claims. The MD can provide claimants with a copy of the State of Local Emergency. pic.twitter.com/m3AEIFjcHl
— MD LSR (@RUGGEDandREAL) July 28, 2019
As of the most recent update at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 30, the evacuation order remained in place, though the water was continuously being pumped and roads repaired.
“Highway 88 remains officially closed, but progress is being made on the second washout at Brady Creek as a bridge structure is being put in place. The closure should not last too much longer,” the Municipal Government of Lesser Slave River’s website stated.
Here’s a look at the destruction caused by the floods over the past five days: