The State of Local Emergency that was declared on May 1, 2016, will end tonight at 11:59 p.m. This marks a significant milestone as it, along with Phase 2A and 2B re-entries, represents a return to pre-wildfire community safety levels.
“When you look around our community, you can see the results of our residents’ strength and resilience,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “Six months ago, destruction was all around us and now we see our community standing up again and working together as recovery and rebuilding continues to gain momentum. On behalf of my Council colleagues, I’d like to thank our residents for their resolve and commitment to safety and to the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee and Task Force, municipal staff and all of our partners for working to make this possible.”
The State of Local Emergency continued to be renewed in the interest of community safety as hazardous materials were being removed from Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways.
As of Nov. 9, 2016, 1,767 demolition permits and 291 rebuild permits have been issued.