MAY 7 UPDATE:
Effective Monday May 7th, the Archives has reopened to the public. We thank the community for their patience and continued support.
Safety remains the Archives’ first priority; we will therefore not be returning to the building until it is deemed safe by City of Grande Prairie. Archives staff have established an emergency work-site at our offsite office location. The bulk of the unprocessed materials in the Archives’ care was recently relocated this location; these materials remain safely offsite. At this time, there has been no damage reported as a result of the flash flood, either to the Archives building or to the collections in our care. Staff will continue to monitor and assess the situation.
We thank the public for their support and patience during this time.
On Saturday night, the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership’s Emergency Co-ordination Centre was activated and Muskoseepi Park was evacuated due to a flash flood that resulted in raising water levels in the reservoir. Although the water level has now stabilized, the Bear Creek Corridor is expected to remain closed until the water recedes and the City of Grande Prairie is able to thoroughly assess all potential damage.
The South Peace Regional Archives has activated its Emergency Response Plan to ensure the safety of our personnel and collections. The Archives will remain closed to the public until further notice.
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