Initial Community visits planned for displaced residents

SLAVE LAKE, AB, May 22, 2011 /CNW/ - The Town of Slave Lake and the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River will begin scheduled opportunities for displaced residents 18 years and older to tour their community.   Bus tours for up to 250 displaced persons per day are scheduled to begin on Monday, May 23.  Five buses, each with room for 50 people, will depart from the reception centres in Edmonton, Athabasca, and Westlock.

To ensure the safety of displaced residents, and to ensure that the fire suppression operations in Slave Lake are not disrupted, local emergency officials have determined that the maximum number of buses that can enter the town is five.  Municipal officials are confident that displaced residents will effectively prioritize themselves and consider those who will be able to take the initial bus tours.  Residents are asked to once again demonstrate patience and courtesy and allow those residents who experienced the most loss to have priority on the first tours.

Initial tours are scheduled as follows for Monday and Tuesday:


Reception centre

Passengers may
begin boarding
bus

Bus departs
reception centre

Bus is scheduled to arrive back
at reception centre*
Athabasca 1
#2 University Drive
8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Edmonton 1
7128 Ada Boulevard
8:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
Edmonton 2
7128 Ada Boulevard
10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m.
Westlock
10711 - 104 avenue
1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 8 p.m.
Athabasca 2
#2 University Drive
4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

*Return times are estimates, depending on travel time

During the tour:

  • To ensure everyone's safety, no one will be permitted to leave the bus.
  • The RCMP-escorted buses will follow specific routes. The tour will not pass every affected property and the route may be altered during the tour for safety reasons. Route maps have been developed and are available at reception centres and online at www.wildfiresupport.alberta.ca
  • Faith-based support services will be available.
  • No one under 18 will be allowed on the tour. Government of Alberta staff and trained childcare providers will be available to provide daycare service while parents and guardians are on the tour.

The area is still an active emergency site with injury risks from smoldering debris and embers, wind gusts, and the potential for explosions from items such as propane tanks and ammunition.

Tours will continue on Tuesday, May 24.  Additional tours will be scheduled by the Town and Municipal District, if needed.

 

SOURCE Town of Slave Lake

For further information:

Provincial Operations Centre
Communications
780-644-4862

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

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