A woman who was forced from her home during the Slave Lake fire in 2011 is trying to warn Fort McMurray residents about what to expect in the days and weeks to come.
Mandy Larsson took to Facebook, penning a letter on an evacuee page, to say you have to patient.
She tells News Talk 770 that emergency officials won’t have a lot of information for residents until the situation stabilizes.
“We didn’t take into consideration that there would be no electricity because there were downed power lines,” Larsson said on Afternoons with Danielle Smith on Thursday afternoon. “There would be no gas because those houses that burned down had open gas mains which needed to be capped off. And there would be no water because of also the same situation.”
Larsson is also quick to say “don’t lose hope” because of the images you see on TV or online, as it doesn’t show the whole story, pointing to the fact 1,600 of several thousand buildings have been destroyed.
“We were watching the news and we were looking at pictures and videos that people had posted,” she continued. “Everything was gone and everything was destroyed. But that’s what will get people’s attention and get the sympathy.”