Residents of 439 homes in the hardest hit areas by the Fort McMurray wildfire will be able to go home soon.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health gave an updated recommendation that some of the residents of Abasand and Beacon Hill should be allowed to return.
Four months after the fire swept through the city, Chair of the Wood Buffalo recovery Task Force Erin O’Neil says they wanted to be absolutely sure everything was safe.
“We did not want to welcome our residents home when it was not safe, so it did take time to get us to this stage, but we are now confident… that the proper mitigation measures are in place to welcome our residents home.”
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Councillor Sheldon Germain responded to comments he’s heard that it’s been taking too long to reopen these areas.
“When you’re dealing with the complexity of the issues that we’re dealing with in the re-entry areas of phase 1, but also in Waterways, you have to remember is the largest disaster in Canadian history.”
The Waterways neighbourhood is still closed to residents, they’re still clearing debris from the area.