Cypress County issued an evacuation alert for residents in and around Irvine this afternoon following a train derailment.

Information is still difficult to obtain and we will pass on more as it becomes available.

Below is the text of the Alert:

 

There is a train derailment on the west side of the hamlet of Irvine and situated along the north side of Highway 1 in Cypress County. The derailment involves damage along the railway line, chemical exposure, and disruption of road and highway access. The train derailment affects a 4 mile radius around the hamlet of Irvine. Residents within the 4 mile radius are asked to evacuate immediately.

For safety precautions, all residents within a 4 mile radius are asked to evacuate the area immediately and report to the emergency evacuation reception centre setup at the Cypress County Administration Office located at 816 Second Avenue in the hamlet of Dunmore. Residents located on the north side of Highway 1 are asked to travel north along Range Road 30, and then turn west onto Township Road 124 and head to Highway 41 to access Highway 1 into Dunmore. Residents located on the south side of Highway 1 are asked to travel along Township Road 114A to gain access to Highway 41, or are asked to use the Bull Trail and turn west onto Township Road 110A to access to Range Road 32 to head south to Township Road 110 and then turn and head west along Township Road 110 to the Eagle Butte Road to provide access to the hamlet of Dunmore. Please be advised that Highway 1 has been closed in the proximity of the train derailment and are asked to use alternative routes.