It was announced yesterday that as many as 2000 people who thought they’d be back to see their homes, will not be able to return to Fort McMurray. Alberta’s Health Services says that the levels of toxins in the ash, soil and air are too high to be safe for people. Many of the residents were told that they would be able to at least visit their homes to assess the damage and maybe rescue a few items, but now Scott Long, executive director with Alberta Emergency Management Agency, paints a much bleaker picture (as reported by Global News) “I will be blunt: if you are going in to look for a ring or a wedding dress, it is not there,” Long said. “It is consumed. There was a lot of heat here. But if you’ve got specific pieces like a vault, a document safe or something along those lines that are fire retardant, the regional municipality on a case-by-case basis will coordinate that.”
The news is a sad reminder that people are still being very much affected by the fires that continue to burn in parts of Western Canada and specifically Fort McMurray, Alberta. If you have not donated to the cause, remember that today is the last day that the Canadian Government will match your donation to the Red Cross. You can do that right here.