As recovery continues in the affected areas of Wood Buffalo, a new Progress Report is available to the public.
After reviewing the Green Homes Plan, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has provided additional feedback to the Wood Buffalo Recovery Task Force. Both the Task Force and the CMOH continue to work together to establish conditions that could allow for the re-occupation of some standing homes in Beacon Hill and Abasand. When the Plan is approved, the Task Force will announce the phasing of re-entry for standing homes in those areas.
Today the Municipality has extended the temporary RV parking site at Abram’s Landing until October 31, 2016, in order to allow for alternative transitional housing options to be developed.
On August 17, Alberta Health Services lifted the Boil Water Advisory for all areas serviced by the Fort McMurray water treatment plant. AHS has published maps of the restricted areas, showing that a significant portion of standing homes in Beacon Hill, Abasand and Waterways now have clean, potable water. Water mains and service connections to heavily damaged sections of these areas have yet to be flushed and municipal staff will be working to rehabilitate and flush those remaining lines. More information can be found at rmwb.ca/boil.
Recently, the Municipality has implemented two new systems to speed the process of demolition.
On Friday, August 12, a new vehicle identification placard system was implemented for demolition and restoration-related vehicles. The purpose of this system is to prevent back-ups of heavy equipment on public roadways and allow security staff to improve the flow of residential traffic. Vehicles that qualify for the placard system include dump trucks, flatbed trailers, tow trucks, vehicle-mounted dumpsters, panel or pick-up trucks, heavy equipment and other company-operated vehicles for the purpose of hauling, restoration work, towing or insurance appraisal.
Also, on Monday, August 15, 2016, a second Waterways checkpoint was opened specifically for demolition heavy-equipment. The new checkpoint is located at McCormick Drive and Saline Creek Drive. All other residential and passenger traffic is to continue using the main checkpoint at the Tolen Drive rotary.
Demolition and debris removal is continuing, with 1,167 Demolition Permit applications received and 1,083 applications approved, as well as 142 Post-Demolition Inspections completed. Some residents are beginning the rebuilding process, with six Rebuilding Permits issued.
A further Progress Report will be issued on Thursday, August 25.