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Town hall summary: debit card details to be announced today

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee and government representatives are holding online town hall meetings this week for those affected by the Fort McMurray fires.

From last night’s question and answer session, it appears Thickwood, Dickinsfield and Timberlea neighbourhoods survivability percentage is high, but it’s too early to give accurate information.

All neighborhoods are without critical services.

The water system will need to be flushed; sewage has to be double checked.

All traffic lights are out and there are power lines are damaged needing repair. This all needs to be fixed before repair crews can come in ahead of the public.

Residents may not be able to move right back into their homes when allowed back into the region. There may be smoke damage and many buildings will need to be ventilated.

There was one confirmed looter but there have been no other reports. The RCMP are maintaining a large presence throughout the city.

Distribution details about the debit cards for evacuees Wwll be announced this morning, and via the e-mail address you provided to the Red Cross.

The distribution centre will not be at Northlands. There will be long line ups, so if you do not need immediate financial assistance please wait a few days before coming to collect your debit card, the assistance will be there for you when you come to pick it up a few days later.

If you are outside of the province, you are still eligible to claim the debit card. Instructions will be e-mailed out to you. The debt card can be used for whatever you like.

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