Wood Buffalo RCMP alert residents on road detours – Update 1

Posted on Jul 23, 2018

July 21, 2018

Fort McMurray, Alberta – Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to advise residents traffic is no longer being rerouted along Gregoire Drive, in Fort McMurray.

Motorists travelling in the area are asked to drive to the conditions and please slow down, as heavy rainfall may cause water to pool on roadways.

The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405
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BACKGROUND:

Fort McMurray, Alberta – Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to warn residents of poor road conditions due to the sudden and heavy rainfall. Road closures currently in effect are on Highway 63 at Gregoire Drive, and at approximately 500 metres north of Grandview Crescent on Gregoire Drive, in Fort McMurray. Road crews are expecting it to be closed until later tonight, with hopes the rainfall will significantly reduce or stop. If you must travel in the area, slow down, obey detour signs, and safely follow directions from emergency service workers on site. Heavy rainfall poses unique challenges and safety risks for all motorists and pedestrians.

Drivers, keep the following in mind:
• Give yourself extra time and adjust your speed accordingly to driving conditions.
• Slow down and drive with caution. Always leave a safe amount of distance between yourself and the vehicle you’re following, especially on the highway.
• Avoid cruise control on the highway in heavy rainfall to reduce any chance of hydroplaning.
• Intersections are a high risk area for collisions. Both drivers and pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings.
• Listen to the radio for road and weather updates. Check road and weather conditions for your complete route, before leaving.
• Plan extra time to get to your destination, or consider delaying your trip, especially if you are uncomfortable or inexperienced with the challenging road conditions you may face.
• Should you choose to drive, notify someone close of your anticipated arrival time.
• Be prepared as road and weather conditions may change during your travels.
• Pack a sleeping bag and survival kit, especially if you are planning to leave town.

Pedestrians, keep the following in mind:
• Dress for the variable weather conditions, and be prepared so you can stay warm.
• Be aware walkways may have areas with higher than usual water levels. Avoid walking along highways, or on roadways where pedestrians are prohibited.
• Use cross walks when crossing the street.
• Never assume the driver sees you. Make eye contact before crossing the street.
• Make sure to be visible to drivers at all times. Wear lightly coloured or reflective clothing at night, and brightly coloured clothing during the day.
• Phones are part of everyday life, but they distract your attention. Put your phone away when walking, or driving. Don’t wear headphones, as your ears can tell you a lot about what is happening around you.

We can enjoy the warmer weather we have been having, but let’s be alert and prepared for the unique challenges heavy rainfall can bring when walking or driving.

The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to thank the residents for respectfully using the 911 service, and calling 780-788-4040 for non emergencies.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405