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RMWB officially declares river breakup

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
RMWB officially declares river breakup


The ice jam along the Athabasca River has cleared, and the RMWB has officially declared river breakup.

The declaration means the municipality no longer sees a threat of significant flooding along the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers due to ice jams.

The ice initially broke on April 10, but quickly formed an ice jam that reached 22 kilometres long. Warm temperatures, including a record-breaking day Monday, helped melt the ice enough to allow the river to carry it downstream along the Athabasca, north of the Clearwater.

The RMWB is continuing to advise residents to avoid riverbanks and shorelines, saying they remain dangerous.

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