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Members of Municipal Council tour flood-impacted areas with assistance from Regional Emergency Services

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 28, 2020) – Members of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Council viewed the flood-impacted areas within the Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray with the assistance of Regional Emergency Services this evening. Regional Fire Chief, Jody Butz, toured Mayor Don Scott, Cr. Balsom, Cr. Lalonde and Cr. Meagher through the impacted areas of the Lower Townsite and Waterways. Council visited multiple areas to assess impacts and see firsthand the response and mitigation efforts.

In the coming days, initial assessments and estimations of the damages will be shared publicly. The Regional Emergency Coordination Centre is working hard to assess these impacts through ground, air, and boat reconnaissance. 

“It is difficult to see the damage that has been done to our community during these trying times. Together we will get through this historic flooding event as a strong and resilient community like we have done before,” said Mayor Don Scott. “This evening we had the opportunity to thank first responders in person and recognize their hard work on site. I would like to also recognize the commitment of our volunteers and all of our partners who continue to collaborate on this response. I am confident in the work that is taking place and the support we have available.”

Mandatory Evacuation Orders remain in effect for Draper, Waterways, Taiga Nova Industrial Park and the Lower Townsite of Fort McMurray. Grayling Terrace is under a voluntary evacuation notice, related to gas being turned off. The Northern Lights Health Regional Health Centre is not impacted by this evacuation. Access to the Lower Townsite is closed to the public and re-entry is not permitted at this time. 

For alerts, updates and more information, visit rmwb.ca/riverbreakup. In the event of an emergency and immediate assistance is needed, call 9-1-1.  For further questions, please call Pulse at 780-743-7000 or 1-800-973-9663.


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