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Canadian city ravaged by wildfires hit with heavy flooding

Emergency crews worked to drain flood waters after heavy rains in Fort McMurray in the Canadian province of Alberta. Image copyright Brenda Toutant/Facebook
Image caption The flooding comes less than three months after a wildfire devastated the area

Torrential rains have flooded the Canadian city of Fort McMurray just months after wildfires gutted the area.

The Alberta city activated its emergency operations centre to deal with flooding for the first time since a massive blaze forced the evacuation of thousands of people in May.

Rising waters led to road closures across the city as emergency crews worked to drain the flooding.

Water levels began to recede on Monday but more rain was expected.

Emergency officials had warned residents to restrict travel and to move any valuables from basements that are susceptible to flooding.

However, a state of emergency has not been declared and residents were not advised to evacuate the area.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo tweeted on Sunday that road barricades were being removed as roads reopened.

Images posted on social media showed residents using canoes and jet skis to navigate the flooded streets.

The flooding comes less than three months after the city's 90,000 residents were forced to evacuate in the wake of a massive wildfire.

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Media captionOne evacuee described the fire as majestic and menacing

The blaze destroyed more than 2,000 homes and buildings.

Those evacuated during the wildfires were allowed to return in June.

"It's a bad dream," Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Councillor Keith McGrath told the CBC. "It just seems like it never ends for us ... It's just not our year".

Mr McGrath also said it was unclear how much damage the flooding has caused.

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