GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie has been evacuated and closed until further notice. Many paths are under water and creek banks and slopes are extremely unstable.
The public is urged to stay away from the Bear Creek corridor and Muskoseepi Park.
Vehicular bridges crossing Bear Creek are safe for travel.
Releasing the water at a higher than normal rate through the spillway has protected the dam. It has also lowered water levels in the reservoir but increased water flows downstream.
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 is reopened.
Crews will be monitoring water levels to protect critical infrastructure throughout the corridor.
RCMP and Enforcement Services will be monitoring the park.
At this time no properties have been damaged. Residents are asked to obey signs, barricades and the direction of local authorities.