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Briefing on reopening of Beacon Hill and Absand for residents of Phase 1 Green Homes.

Posted by Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on Thursday August 25, 2016

Some residents in Abasand and Beacon Hill will be able to return home following an updated recommendation on August 25 from Dr. Karen Grimsrud, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH). 439 homes are included in the Phase 1 re-entry, which is set for August 31.

Residents who live in Abasand and Beacon Hill should visit www.rmwb.ca/ABW prior to planning their return to determine if their home is included in the Phase 1 re-entry.

“My updated recommendations follow a comprehensive re-entry and mitigation plan developed by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to enable residents to re-enter and re-occupy some areas of Abasand and Beacon Hill,” said Dr. Karen Grimsrud. “I am confident that the municipality has plans, mitigations, and tools in place to ensure people returning to the identified homes in these neighbourhoods will be safe.”

“A lot of time and thought and collaboration have gone in to the development of the municipality’s plan, and I would like to thank them for working closely with us during that process. I appreciate the commitment to protect the health of Fort McMurray residents that continue to be impacted by the wildfires, and would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this difficult time,” continued Grimsrud.

“On behalf of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee (WBRC) and Task Force, I’d like to express a profound thank you to all of our residents for their patience and resilience as we worked alongside the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services to initiate the re-entry process for residents into safe and secure areas in Abasand and Beacon Hill,” said Jeanette Bancarz, WBRC Chair. “We’d also like to thank CMOH, Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services staff, Mayor and Council, the Recovery Task Force and municipal staff, and our partners for their tireless efforts in getting more of our neighbours, families and friends back home, safely.”

“With this hurdle behind us, we recognize there is much more work to be done for Abasand and Beacon Hill residents and all across the region on the road to recovery. We thank you once again for your strength and resolve during what is the most difficult time in our community’s history. We look forward to answering your questions and listening to your concerns and priorities at our next community engagement session. We are here for you," continued Bancarz.

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