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Muskoseepi Park Closed For Several Days
Posted Date: 4/29/2018 6:15 PM
Reservoir - spillway.dam - April 28, 2018
Muskoseepi Park is expected to remain closed for multiple days. This includes access to the Grande Prairie Museum and the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion as well as use of South Bear Creek Park.

Water levels have stabilized in the Bear Creek Corridor as water flows have been managed gradually through the spillway at the reservoir (aerial photo left shows dam and spillway at reservoir). This has created increased water flows downstream. Temperatures in the mid-teens are expected for the remainder of the week, creating further snow melt from the catchment area.

The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership’s Emergency Co-ordination Centre was activated Saturday night and the Park was evacuated due to a flash flood, raising water levels at the reservoir. The area had an unusually high snow pack combined with rapidly increasing temperatures.

Many paths are under water and creek banks and slopes are extremely unstable. Erosion is occurring in some areas. Residents are urged to stay away from the Bear Creek corridor and Muskoseepi Park. Vehicular bridges crossing Bear Creek are safe for travel.

Muskoseepi Park will remain closed until water recedes and a thorough damage assessment can be completed. Pedestrian bridges, paths, creek banks, and other park infrastructure will be inspected for safety before the park reopens. Crews are monitoring water levels through the spillway and along the corridor to protect critical infrastructure.

RCMP and Enforcement Services are monitoring the park. Residents are asked to obey signs, barricades and the direction of local authorities. At this time, no properties have been damaged.

The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP) is an emergency management partnership between the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley and the Village of Hythe. Through this formal partnership, the municipalities work together to respond to large-scale emergencies and disasters.