It's been more than 14 hours since the Town of Drumheller issued an evacuation order for Wayne and properties along Highway 10X and a lot of people are wondering when they will be allowed back home.
Town crews and emergency personnel have been monitoring the Rosebud River and the Red Deer River in case the water rises. The water in the Rosebud actually dropped a couple of inches from where it was at noon yesterday, but it could rise again with the last of the snow melt. The Red Deer irose by a half metre yesterday, but is still a metre below where it was on Saturday evening.
There will be significant damage once the water drains away. Campgrounds in Rosedale and Wayne are flooded and there is concern that one or more of the bridges on Highway 10X could fail: that is the reason for yesterday's evacuations.
It's still not known exacly how many people were affected by Monday's evecuation, but we have heard 75 as an estimate. The town is asking affected people who have not yet registered with their Reception Centre at the Drumheller Stampede Barn to do so, so they can account for everyone. The number to call is 403-334-2564.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will release more information as soon as we get it.