Abasand, Beacon Hill & Waterways
Waterways: Flood Hazard Area Information
Re-Entry Information Package
This document was prepared for residents returning to Abasand and Beacon Hill during Phase 2B Re-entry. [Download as PDF]
Video: Aug. 25 Re-entry Briefing
Briefing on reopening of Beacon Hill and Absand for residents of Phase 1 Green Homes.Posted by Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Wildfire Recovery Town Halls Questions answered about rebuilding. Replay previous sessions.
Sept. 8 Waterways Presentation A record of the questions and responses to residents assembled Aug. 8, 2016.
Area Clean Up
Following the wildfire, the Municipality led a massive effort that quickly allowed for the installation of over 64 kilometres of safety fencing and application of additional layers of tackifier following a successful sifting program in all damaged areas, including Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways (ABW).
All water mains and service connections to standing homes outside of the heavily damaged areas of ABW have been flushed and returned to service. As a result, the majority of standing homes in the restricted areas now have potable water.
Phase 2 Re-entry
For ABW, the re-entry into standing homes is taking place. Phase 2 re-entry was divided into two sub-phases due to restrictions from the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH).
Phase 2B – Beacon Hill & Abasand: On Nov. 4, 2016, residents were welcome to return to the remaining standing homes in Beacon Hill and Abasand following an updated recommendation from the CMOH.
Waste bins have been withdrawn at this time. If any resident requires waste disposal from their residences of a household nature (e.g. furniture, soft furnishings, etc.) from Phase 2B areas only, the Municipality will waive tipping fees if they provide prof of residence at the scale and use their own vehicle to convey. the deadline for this is March 1, 2017.
Phase 2A - Waterways: On Oct. 24, 2016, all residents with standing structures in Waterways were able to re-enter their homes.
Waterways Flood Mitigation Letters
View the latest news on flood mitigation efforts in Waterways here.
Returning residents are encouraged to contact their natural gas retailer as soon as possible to have heating service restored. When temperatures dip below zero, water pipes on properties may freeze causing damage through the winter months.
Heating standing homes helps prevent against this type of damage.
As of Dec. 22, 2016, a total of 1,781 demolition applications have been approved and 1,778 demolitions have been certified as complete. A total of 376 rebuild development permits have been issued as well.
Specific information on Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways:
- Abasand - 460 Demo Permits and 57 Rebuild Permits
- Beacon Hill - 423 Demo Permits and 66 Rebuild Permits
- Waterways - 230 Demo Permits and 14 Rebuild Permits
Frequently Asked Questions
View frequently asked questions for Waterways, Abasand and Beacon Hill here.
For additional questions, call the PULSE Line.