‘We are making progress’: Fort McMurray still rebuilding 3 years after devastating wildfire

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By Wood Buffalo Food Bank

May 3rd marks the third anniversary of the wildfire that devastated Fort McMurray in 2016.

The fire was the largest evacuation in the province’s history, with more than 80,000 people fleeing their homes. The fire was also the costliest insured disaster in Canadian history.

The massive wildfire burned down about 15 per cent of the community’s structures and Fort McMurray has been rebuilding ever since.

So far about 37 per cent of the homes have been rebuilt — 945 homes in total. But there are still more than 1600 homes that haven’t been, although many rebuilds are ongoing.

“We are making progress,” said Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Don Scott. “I’m never fully satisfied with where we’re at, but we are certainly headed in the right direction.”

Full article and impact on the WBFB here.