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RMWB Wildfire Recovery Information

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has released another recovery progress report.

Officials were pleased to welcome 439 homes back into Abasand and Beacon Hill as part of Phase 1 Green Zone re-entry. Residents were able to return home starting at 8 a.m. on August 31, 2016, with Information Centres checking in a total of 237 residents. Over 1,000 contractors have completed the mandatory safety orientation for demolition work in Abasand and Beacon Hill.

On Tuesday, August 30, Council voted unanimously to pass a motion cancelling a portion of property taxes to residents affected by the wildfire. Residents will see a portion of their taxes cancelled for the time that they were evacuated. Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways residents seeing a larger cancellation which matches the extended period that they were kept out of their homes. Residents whose homes were rendered uninhabitable and irreparably damaged by the wildfire will see an additional cancellation of municipal property tax related to the destruction of their structure.

Today, the Government of Alberta announced its plan for interim housing for displaced residents in Wood Buffalo. Up to 65 three- and four-bedroom pet-friendly interim housing units will be brought to Fort McMurray in October 2016. A demonstration model will be set up on September 9 at the Youth Assessment Centre at 180 Mackenzie Boulevard, where residents can apply to the Government of Alberta for the units. The Government of Alberta is prioritizing families with children who are in the most need.

Date Demo Permit Received Demo Permits Approved Demo Inspections Completed Rebuild Permits
September 1 1,403 1,333 227 41
August 25 1,270 1,248 197 10
August 18 1,167 1,083 142 6
August 11 1,059 827 N/A 0
August 4 732 419 51 0

Residents are reminded of upcoming engagement opportunities in the community:

  • Today, September 1, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Shell Place at MacDonald Island, focusing on interim housing for residents in the region. Members of the Reconstruction Assistance for Uninsured Working Group will also be present.
  • Thursday September 8, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park, focusing on issues affecting Waterways.
  • Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vista Ridge in Saprae Creek Estates, A further Progress Report will be issued on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

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