As those evacuated from the Fort McMurray fire wait to see if the promises from the Prime Minister will turn into something tangible, others are talking about promises of the past that went nowhere.
Lenord says after fires in Fort Mac prompted past evacuations, maybe 15 years ago, there was talk about more roads out, maybe one to Grande Prairie, but nothing ever happened.
Indeed, in discussions I have read, there was talk of something they referred to as a “billion dollar fire escape”. Another suggestion was a road to Red Earth Creek.
Kamlesh writes to say imagine how much worse the situation would have been had 63 not been twinned, as people fled south with fire on each side.
And, he asks what about the 20 thousand who had to go north?
Kamlesh says if the wind had blown in their direction, there would have been no escape but to fly.
He says Fort McMurray needs more than one exit to the south and one to the north.
Can anyone argue with that?
The people know it. Politicians know it. Emergency planners know it.
Maybe this is the time to pitch the Prime Minister.