Emergency response transitioning into recovery phase; RMWB moving to assess damages, costs
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 18, 2103) – Following yesterday’s lifting of the State of Local Emergency, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is in the process of transitioning from emergency response to a recovery phase which involves assessing damages, cost recovery, and ensuring that citizens most impacted by the flood are taken care of and their needs are addressed in a timely fashion.
The Regional Emergency Operation Centre continues to operate at a Level One as it deals with the wash out of the road on either side of the Firebag River Bridge and back-country travelers stranded on the north side of the river.
“We are in what we expect to be the final stages of dealing with the immediate risk to our residents from the recent flooding,” said Fire Chief Darby Allen. “We are now transitioning into a recovery phase that will see the municipality dealing with the longer-term impact of the damage.”
Key municipal departments have been mobilized to deal with flood recovery, with a three-person senior administrative team overseeing efforts:
- Joanne Roberts, Director of Public Affairs, will oversee Community Advocacy for flood-related issues. Public Affairs will work with industry and the local business community to help identify needs.
- Elsie Hutton, Chief Financial Officer, leads the preparation of financial information related to damages and costs for submission to the Province. Following a State of Emergency, the Municipality can claim financial relief for certain eligible costs from the Province’s Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA).
- Henry Hunter, Executive Director of Public Infrastructure, is overseeing efforts to repair and restore damaged infrastructure such as roads, bridges, parks, municipal buildings, water distribution and wastewater collection system.
Affected residents wishing for more information regarding flood recovery are encouraged to contact the citizen inquiry line from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at 780-762-3639 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.