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Order in Watino follows several days of heavy rainfall flooding the Smoky River
A mandatory evacuation order was issued on Friday afternoon by Birch Hills County for the Hamlet of Watino and surrounding low-lying areas in northwestern Alberta after heavy rainfall this week.
Residents were told to evacuate immediately and head to the Tangent Community Hall in Birch Hills. The order was issued because of rising water levels in the Smoky River.
Water levels at Watino stabilized overnight, according to a Saturday morning post on the Birch Hills County website. The evacuation order for the hamlet and surrounding low-lying areas was set to remain in place until the structural integrity of riverbanks and county roads were stable.
About 50 people were under the order, county chief administrative officer Rick Bastow said. Most were staying with friends and family in the county.
“The volume of water is beginning to decrease — certainly that’s welcomed,” he said.