As of 11:30 a.m. on Apr. 24: Rising flood levels have caused Lamont County to order multiple families to evacuate, but they are staying put.
 
There are now more than 200 areas reporting flooding, washouts or sinkholes, with those numbers continuing to go up. The county issued a local state of emergency on Monday.
 
“Our roads are very fragile right now. We do have reports of sinkholes opening up underneath vehicles so we’re asking that residents please use their discretion to travel on the roads, and if they do travel, do so very slowly. We’re asking 40km/h to be aware that road conditions could change suddenly,” said Lamont County communications coordinator Heather Atkinson.
 
Around 40 newly flooded areas popped up overnight.
 
While six families in an area just east of Chipman have been told to evacuate, they have chosen to stay.
 
“They feel they are prepared to deal with the situation as it stands. We are prepared to help them move if they decide it is required. So we’re keeping an eye on them and anybody else who feels that they will need our help,” she said.
 
The families are staying because they have supplies and animals to tend to.
 
Flooding is affecting county roads such as township and rural routes.
 
If residents spot a problem, they can call the flood report number, 780-895-2547 extension 261.

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