Sunday, 27 November 2011 19:16

Coalhurst, west Lethbridge in danger

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Here's the latest on the fire threatening west Lethbridge:

Current Fire Information

6:51 p.m.
Lethbridge Regional Police are advising the public that travel along westbound Whoop Up Drive as well as westbound and eastbound University Drive is restricted. Unless it is absolutely necessary residents are advised to stay off these roads and remain indoors. Motorists who must travel along these roadways should expect delays. In addition, Highway 3 to West Lethbridge is currently closed by the RCMP.

6:40 p.m.
Whoop-Up West Bound is restricted to residents needing to get into the area. West bound Highway 3 is closed.  Residents can still drive East Bound.

6:16 p.m.
Residents of Indian Battle Heights and West Highlands are asked to prepare for possible evacuation.  Residents are asked to go to family and friend’s houses or to the Soccer Centre at 2501 28th Ave South) as a reception centre.

Cell phone use is intermittent and residents are asked to use land lines where possible.  Residents SHOULD NOT call 911 to ask for evacuation updates, but save that line for emergency calls.  Current updates can be found on Facebook or Twitter or on our website.

5:37 p.m.
The Lethbridge Fired Department is currently investigating and monitoring a West Lethbridge Fire.  Residents are asked to stay away from the area and stay inside with their doors and windows closed. The area is extremely dangerous.  Please call 911 if you see fires anywhere in the City.

Residents of the County of Lethbridge (South of Coalhurst and West of Lethbridge) are being evacuated but Lethbridge residents are being asked to stay indoors.  The Fritz Sick Centre is now available for evacuated County residents.

The fire department is also on scene of a North side fire.
There is also a power outage affecting parts of the north side industrial park along 28th st from 5th ave north.  A power pole broke due to high winds.

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