More families are moving into their new homes after a big jump over the past few weeks in the number of rebuilds.
As of October 6, 216 properties have gone through their final inspections – up from 158 when the numbers were updated on September 22.
Most of the rebuilds are in Stone Creek with 63, followed by Abasand, 44, Beacon Hill, 37, Wood Buffalo, 33, and Waterways, 19.
Operations Manager with the Recovery Task Force Erin O’Neill tells Mix News they’re expecting the numbers to quickly rise as more homes are nearing the end of construction.
“There’s approximately 500 who are just doing the inside work so we should see those flip over the next couple months and that number should go up pretty rapidly.”
Right now, there are 799 homes who’ve had their “insulation inspection” which means they are working on the interior designs.
O’Neill notes the majority of these rebuilds could be done by next April or May.
“We expect to see areas such as Stone Creek or the north tip of Abasand, certain sections of Beacon Hill, Wood Buffalo – those will get to that 80 per cent,” she added. “Once we’re around 80 per cent we’ll start doing those repairs to curbs and sidewalks and gutters.”
However, as the weathers starts to get colder, the number of starting projects are expected to slow down.
“I think we’ll start seeing less foundations coming in the next couple of months, we were pleasantly surprised last year in how many we had under construction during the winter but there are different rebuild guidelines from heating your foundation and different things builders have to do.”
O’Neill adds they are still expecting a lot of completed rebuilds as crews can easily work inside on many started properties.
Meanwhile, 1,163 building permits have been handed out, a number which has risen ever month since April, 2017.
People interested in hearing more from O’Neill and the municipality can tune into Fort McMurray Matters on Wednesday, starting 12:00 p.m.