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Property Visit Program starts Wednesday, runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Property Visit Program starts Wednesday, runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A white tacifier coating covers a destroyed area of Waterways on June 1, 2016 // Chris Vandenbreekel - Harvard Broadcasting

Residents in Abasand, Beacon Hill, and Waterways will get their first chance to see their properties on Wednesday.

The RMWB will be starting their “Property Visit Program”for the restricted neighbourhoods, allowing residents to enter the areas.

Director of Emergency Management Bob Couture says those who live in the area will be able to enter after checking in with security, regardless of whether or not their home is still standing. Those whose homes were destroyed will be able to view their properties from behind the security fences placed along each road.

Residents who wish to search for belongings in the ash still have to arrange an appointment with Team Rubicon through the RMWB PULSE Line at 780-743-7000. The team has already found some success in other areas of town, retrieving small trinkets that have survived the fire. Couture said Tuesday night that Rubicon has 90 trained personnel ready to assist, and they’re working to train more volunteers.

The property visit program will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Residents are still not allowed to stay overnight in the neighbourhoods due to the concentration of toxic ash. Officials have said it could be as late as September before residents are allowed to return, though there are some questions as to whether some of the neighbourhoods will be redeveloped.

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