Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is urging residents of Fort McMurray to brace themselves as 15-thousand evacuees begin their re-entry into the fire-ravaged city Wednesday.
She says this phased-in return of residents going to be a very stressful time — possibly just as stressful as the day 80-thousand fled town in a panic when the wildfire moved in May 3rd.
The massive fire ended up torching 24-hundred homes and other structures.
While critical infrastructure has been repaired, government officials say residents need to know many services and stores won’t be in full operation for a while still.
With 10-percent of the town destroyed and many services not available yet, it’s likely going to be an emotional day for a lot of them.
Notley says she’ll be in Fort Mac because she doesn’t want residents to think “OK, you’re home. See ya. Bye bye.”
She wants people to know the government is still with them.