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Damage assessment and re-entry plan: Draper, Waterways, Taiga Nova Industrial Park and Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 29, 2020) – Mandatory Evacuation Orders remain in effect for Draper, Waterways, Taiga Nova Industrial Park and the Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray. Although, these areas are under evacuation orders, damage assessment has begun, and a phased re-entry plan is being developed. 

“The risk in areas under Mandatory Evacuation Orders remains high as water can become electrically charged or ice can shift, causing further flooding and water and debris to begin moving very quickly,” said Scott Davis, Director of Emergency Management. “Members of the public travelling into these locations are putting themselves, first responders and others at risk of a serious incident. Access to the Lower Townsite is closed and vehicles parked on the side of Highway 63 will be towed. For your safety and the safety of others, please respect the closures and seriousness of this situation.” 
Understandably, many home owners and businesses are keen to understand the damage from flooding. Once it is safe to be in the impacted areas, there will be a process in place, which will be announced at a later date, to allow residents and local business owners to visit their property. 

The Regional Emergency Coordination Centre is working hard to assess the impacts through ground, air, and boat reconnaissance. At this time, the preliminary numbers of structures impacted are 1230 with a breakdown below. Please note, these numbers are an estimate and will likely change as further reconnaissance and assessments are performed. 

Location and Impacted Structures

Taiga Nova Industrial Park: 49
Draper: 10
Ptarmigan Court Trailer Park: 67
Waterways: 53
Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray: 1044

Teams are preparing to do rapid damage assessments to expedite the re-entry of community members into their homes and businesses. Additional information will be announced in the days ahead.  

Maps of the extent of flooding are available on the Municipal website and the latest map is attached to this news release. These maps are updated once sufficient reconnaissance is done, however, water levels fluctuate and can change quickly.

For all insurance related questions, contact your insurance provider. If you have broad insurance questions, you can contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada at www.ibc.ca or 1-844-227-5422 or email askibcwest@ibc.ca.

For those without insurance, the Municipality is working to set-up a support program with community partners and organizations. Details will be announced shortly. 

Everyone is encouraged to sign up to receive regular Community Updates via email at rmwb.ca/floodupdate. 

For all forecasts, water advisories, ice observations and more information about the rivers systems in the region, visit https://rivers.alberta.ca/

For more information, please visit rmwb.ca.

For further questions, please call Pulse at 780-743-7000 or 1-800-973-9663.


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