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Dam breach drill scheduled for Carnation schools

Students at Carnation Elementary School, Riverview Learning Center and Tolt Middle School will practice emergency evacuation on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The annual drill teaches students what to do and where to go in case the Tolt Dam above the city breaks.

The drill will start at 9:30 a.m., when both schools will sound air horn alarms, then students will be instructed to walk to the dam evacuation route on Entwistle Street. This year’s exercise is a partial drill, so not all middle-school students will participate. Also, students will walk only to the base of the Tolt Highlands Road, instead of proceeding up the road all the way to the shelter. Buses will pick up the students at Tolt Highlands Road and take them back to school.

About 660 students will be walking along the evacuation route during the drill.

During the drill, drivers on Entwistle Street, Tolt River Road and Tolt Highlands Road may encounter traffic delays of up to 45 minutes.

 

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