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Regional Emergency Services and Syncrude working together to recover Taiga Nova Eco-Industrial Park

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 28, 2020) – Regional Emergency Services and Syncrude are working together to begin actioning a recovery plan for the Taiga Nova Eco-Industrial Park.  

Crews are currently working to mobilize industrial-sized portable fire pumps to the area. The pumps are expected to be set up and operational by 10 p.m. tonight. Once set up, crews will remove approximately 400,000 cubic metres of water from the industrial park. 

The pumps have the ability to remove close to 14,000 gallons of water per minute and is expected to take approximately five days to complete the work. 

“Starting work on the recovery plan for this area is a step in the right direction to getting the clean-up underway,” said Scott Davis, Director of Emergency Management. “It’s also a great opportunity to showcase the strength of our mutual aid partnerships here in the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre. We have several leaders from industry, and other partner agencies, here with us in our response and recovery efforts. We’re grateful for our mutual aid partners for their support during this time.”

Syncrude is supplying the portable fire pumps for this recovery operation. The Regional Emergency Operation Centre will continue to monitor efforts and will work with Syncrude to mobilize additional pumps, if necessary.

At this time, the safety risk in this area is deemed to be low. This risk level allows first responders the ability to access the industrial park to start recovery work. Public access to this area is still prohibited. Please abide by these restrictions and give crews the space they need to safely conduct this work.  

“I’m looking forward to seeing the ice jam start to release, and get to work on re-entry and recovery of all areas impacted by this incident,” said Davis. 

For information on all response and recovery efforts, visit rmwb.ca/riverbreakup


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