Edmonton Emergency Relief Services will be shutting down their Kingsway mall location, which was used to provide services to evacuees from Fort McMurray.
This is so that they can reopen their downtown location.
Nicole Geoffroy with EERS explains that this is because most of the evacuees from Fort McMurray have gone back home.
“We will continue to help the families that are being relocated here,” says Geoffroy. “So the families that have decided to either move here, or the families that have lost everything and are now residing here in Edmonton, we will now begin the second transitional stage. (That’s) where we can start to help them with more than just the basic necessities.
Geoffroy says those include dishes, sheets and basic furniture.
Services will be suspended for around two weeks while they make the transition.
Geoffroy adds she’s encouraging anyone who thinks they’ll need services during that time to head in before the old location closes.
“In the two weeks that we will be closed, we would have been able to help roughly 72,000 individuals affected,” says Geoffroy. “We are encouraging anybody that does need supplies right now to come into Kingsway, and stock up. So that during the transition, they can have enough (supplies) to pass them by while they’re here in Edmonton.”
The Kingsway location will shut down July 17th and the downtown location will be open August 2nd.
That’s located at 104th Street and 103rd Avenue. (km)