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Ice jam that caused flooding in Fort McMurray melting

Last Updated Apr 30, 2020 at 5:46 pm PDT

Striations in the ice jam caused by the piers of three bridges that cross the Athabasca River in Fort McMurray, Alberta is shown on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Officials in Fort McMurray are keeping a close eye on river levels after a 25-kilometre ice jam caused major flooding and forced about 12,000 people from their homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Halinda
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An ice jam on the Athabasca River is nearly half the size it was earlier this week when it caused major flooding

In Fort McMurray 13,000 people were forced from their homes because of flooding

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — An ice jam on the Athabasca River is nearly half the size it was earlier this week when it caused major flooding in Fort McMurray and forced 13,000 people from their homes.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo says in a statement that the blockage was 13 kilometres in size Wednesday evening, down from 25 kilometres two days earlier.

They say water levels on the Clearwater, Athabasca and Hangingstone rivers are still fluctuating, but reports show they are dropping in all three rivers around Fort McMurray.

The flooding in Fort McMurray has led to a second state of local emergency on top of one declared last month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials with the municipality, which includes Fort McMurray, will host a virtual community townhall for its residents later today.

The public livestream will provide an update on the river breakup and flood.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 30, 2020

The Canadian Press