13,000 Evacuated as Deadly Floodwaters Linger in Alberta's Fort McMurray

The town of Fort McMurray, Alberta, remained flooded on Thursday, April 30, after an ice jam in the Athabasca River flooded the area on Monday, April 27, reports said.

One person died and nearly 13,000 people in the Fort McMurray area were ordered to evacuate their homes, CBC reported. Don Scott, Mayor of Alberta’s Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, said he doesn’t expect that people will be able to return to their homes for another week, according to the report.

Earlier videos obtained by Storyful show large chunks of ice deposited by floodwaters in an industrial area of Fort McMurray.

Drone footage filmed by local resident Byron Bourget on Thursday shows the extent of the flooding from the icy Clearwater River, including submerged vehicles and roadways. Credit: Byron Bourget via Storyful