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Fort McMurray closes access to Lower Townsite – video


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From the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Municipality closes access to Lower Townsite

Access to the Lower Townsite including MacDonald Island, downtown and Waterways is temporarily closed due to flooding concerns.

No entry is allowed. Residents who leave the Lower Townsite will not be allowed re-entry.

Residents in flood-prone areas should prepare a 72-hour emergency kit and stay alert.

The Athabasca River is currently breaking and water levels are extremely high. Members of the public should stay away from riverbanks as flooding is occurring in certain areas.

All residents are advised to avoid riverbanks and shorelines as they remain dangerous, and to avoid stopping on the Athabasca bridges to watch the river.

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Here are some videos which have been posted to youtube from locals who are documenting the flood.

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Transportation Safety Board investigating helicopter crash in central Alberta

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CAMROSE, Alta. — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is investigating a helicopter crash in central Alberta on the weekend.

The government agency says a Bell 206B helicopter crashed near Camrose on Sunday.

It says a pilot and three passengers were on board. 

RCMP say officers from the Killam-Forestburg detachment, as well as paramedics and firefights, were called to the crash.

Mounties say three of the four people on board were taken by ground ambulance to area hospitals.

A fourth occupant was airlifted to an Edmonton hospital.

Neither the RCMP nor the TSB would describe the severity of the injuries, and did not identify the people who were on the helicopter. 

The Transportation Safety Board says it is gathering information and “assessing this occurrence.”

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Running back James Wilder Jr. signs one-year extension with Edmonton Elks

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks signed running back James Wilder Jr. to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Wilder, who was scheduled to hit the free-agent market next month, racked up 996 total yards and three touchdowns in 2021.

The Florida State product finished third in CFL rushing yards (770) last season and was named the Elks’ most outstanding player.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2022.

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