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Boil water advisories lifted in Fort McMurray after spring flooding

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FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Alberta Health Services has lifted the last remaining boil water advisories in Fort McMurray after major flooding earlier this spring.

Thousands of residents from the northern Alberta city were forced from their homes after a 25-kilometre ice jam on the Athabasca River caused flooding in late April.

It also saw the river water go the wrong way down an overflow pipe and mix with the city's drinking water.

Residents were initially told they may need to boil their tap water until September.

Matthew Hough, deputy chief administration officer, says in a news release that the municipality completed the flushing, disinfecting and testing of the 375-kilometre distribution system in less than 60 days.

He says residents should flush all taps for five minutes and ensure equipment with water line connections, such as refrigerator ice and water dispensers, are drained, flushed and cleaned.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 19, 2020

The Canadian Press