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Over 270 Rebuilds Finished Ahead of 2018

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Over 270 Rebuilds Finished Ahead of 2018

Homes being built in Abasand // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

Over 270 people who lost their homes in the wildfire are now living in their newly rebuilt home.

As we get set to replace our calendars for 2018, the Recovery Task Force gave their last rebuild update before the holidays.

As of December 15, 272 homes have had their final inspection with the majority in Stone Creek and Abasand. This number represents around 11 per cent of the properties which were destroyed in 2016.

Communications Strategist with the RMWB Jordan Redshaw tells Mix News these numbers show the community is making progress.

“It also indicates there’s a lot more progress still to be made so it does indicate some success in terms of people working with their contractors and insurance providers to get them home – there are a lot of people not in their homes.”

He notes they’re expecting permit numbers and rebuild starts to slow down as the weather gets colder, however, finished homes could continue to rise over the next couple of months.

“We have 983 HVAC and insulation scheduled and completed so that’s a lot of homes that can be finished off over the course of the winter so I expect to see we’ll have a lot of finals issued over the next few months.”

Meanwhile, 1,194 building permits have been handed out, a number which that has risen steadily since April. Redshaw notes over 1,400 foundations are also complete.

People interested in hearing more from Redshaw can tune into Fort McMurray Matters on Friday, starting 12:00 p.m.

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