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Bear Creek Corridor Assessment Underway
Posted Date: 4/30/2018 9:45 PM
Reservoir - spillway.dam - April 28, 2018
Evaluation of infrastructure in the Bear Creek Corridor is underway in the wake of Saturday’s flash flood that resulted in the evacuation and closure of Muskoseepi Park.

City personnel assessed the spillway area Monday and further evaluation of foot bridges, pathways, creek banks and slopes will be conducted early this week (aerial photo shows dam and spillway at reservoir).

The Park remains closed until further notice, including access to the Grande Prairie Museum and the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion as well as the use of South Bear Creek Park.

Vehicular bridges crossing Bear Creek were not impacted by the flood waters. Mitigation efforts were undertaken at the Museum to ensure flood waters do not impact the facility.

The level of water in the reservoir is stable. Crews have been managing the flow of water through the spillway to control capacity in reservoir with the additional inflow of water from melting snow expected this week. Temperatures are forecast to rise into the low twenties.

On Saturday, the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership’s Emergency Co-ordination Centre was activated. There was concern with the amount of water through the spillway and the potential for it to overflow, causing significant damage downstream. The Bear Creek Corridor was evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Water levels have also receded along 116 St. north and there is no longer a threat of the roadway being closed.