Fort McMurray Residents Return Today

Posted by on Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Four Weeks ago 90,000 residents were forced from the homes following massive wildfire

Today is that day the Fort McMurray Evacuees have been waiting for.

Highway 63 will be opened to traffic at 8 a.m. MT.

RCMP will have more than 200 officers in the region, patrolling the streets and highways leading into the city.
The Red Cross is helping pay for residents to return home. However some homes have been condemned and could remain uninhabitable until September.

The wildfire is no longer an imminent threat to the community. Critical infrastructure is repaired to provide basic service. Essential services, such as fire, EMS, police and health care, are restored to a basic level. Hazardous areas are secure, and the local government is re-established. These conditions were crucial to allow re-entry.

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Fort McMurray will not be the same city that residents fled a month ago. It will be emotional for many. A boil-water advisory remains in effect, some health-care services are not available, and many businesses are not be open.

Premier Notley said those returning home should, "not go home without a plan,"  and also to "Bring food, water and any other supplies needed for the next two weeks."

The Team

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