The Alberta government says ‘significant progress’ has been made in Fort McMurray in the wake of the devastating wildfires last May.
The wildfire forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people in in the city and destroyed 10 per cent of its structures.
A report released on Thursday outlines the work that has been done to support long-term recovery in the region. It also points to continuing efforts to better prepare for future disasters.
This includes increased mitigation funding, building new partnerships with the Red Cross and working to strengthen Alberta’s emergency response system.
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“Significant progress has been made in the region, but as someone who has been through this in my own hometown, I know that recovery takes years, not months,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs Danielle Larivee.
In September the province announced plans to review the Fort McMurray evacuation.
Similar reviews were conducted after the 2011 Slave Lake wildfire and the 2013 floods in southern Alberta.