wood-buffalo.netia.ca http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca en-US http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss socportals@mediacolo.com If you clean teeth, cut hair, serve food or work with kids, your job is considered high risk for COVID-19 contact, study suggests Jobs requiring workers to come into contact with people may need to be physically altered, or workers should be confident in their ability to refuse unsafe work, said the author of a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/910346-if-you-clean-teeth-cut-hair-serve-food-or-work-kids-your-job Fri, 15 2020 04:00:00 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/910346-if-you-clean-teeth-cut-hair-serve-food-or-work-kids-your-job Cats with no symptoms spread virus to other cats in lab test Cats can spread the new coronavirus to other cats without any of them ever having symptoms, a lab experiment suggests. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/910000-cats-no-symptoms-spread-virus-other-cats-lab-test Thu, 14 2020 11:57:42 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/910000-cats-no-symptoms-spread-virus-other-cats-lab-test Boil water advisory lifted for 2 Wood Buffalo hamlets but remains in place for Fort McMurray The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo announced Monday that boil water advisories have been lifted for the communities of Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/909031-boil-water-advisory-lifted-2-wood-buffalo-hamlets-remains-pl Tue, 12 2020 02:20:08 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/909031-boil-water-advisory-lifted-2-wood-buffalo-hamlets-remains-pl Fort McMurray could lift boil water advisory sooner than expected The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said Friday that it now believes the timeline for ending its boil water advisory will be shorter than first thought. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/908161-fort-mcmurray-could-lift-boil-water-advisory-sooner-expected Sat, 09 2020 16:10:49 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/908161-fort-mcmurray-could-lift-boil-water-advisory-sooner-expected Boil Water Advisory Could Last For Months After Fort McMurray Flooding FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The mayor of a northern Alberta city hit hard by flooding says he will seek disaster aid from higher levels of government while residents have been told they may need to boil their tap water for months.Don Scott, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, said he spent the weekend walking around downtown Fort McMurray as evacuation orders were lifted and about 13,000 residents were allowed to return to their homes.“I have first-hand seen the heartbreak that people are going through and the devastation that was caused by this flood,” he said Monday.“This community needs help. We are going to need provincial help ... and, if possible, we would like to see the federal government top up any provincial assistance, because the devastation is pretty significant.”Scott estimated there’s more than $100 million in damage.‘Recovery phase’Alberta Municipal Affairs said in a statement that the government would consider the request.“Premier [Jason] Kenney has stated that the flooding situation in northern Alberta will likely meet the eligibility for a Disaster Recovery Program as a one-in-100-year flood event,” press secretary Timothy Gerwing wrote in an email.“Details of any potential Disaster Recovery Program would have to be voted on by cabinet before they could be made public, but the government recognizes the urgent need for relief.”Once the province makes a decision, there’s a cost-sharing formula that determines how much the federal government would contribute in post-disaster assistance.All mandatory evacuation orders were lifted in the regional municipality, which includes Fort McMurray, by 6 p.m. local time on Sunday.“We are now fully in recovery phase,” said Scott Davis, the municipality’s director of emergency management.The final evacuation order ended as Fort McMurray marked the anniversary of a raging fire that emptied the northern city four years ago.RELATED Fort McMurray Surveys Flood Damage, 4 Years After Massive Wildfire Fort McMurray Weathers Perfect Storm Of Floods, Low Oil Prices, Pandemic Fort McMurray Evacuees Will Receive Emergency Payments From Alberta Fort McMurray Requests Military Help As Flooding Ravages Community Fort McMurray Evacuation Orders Issued As Spring Thaw Swells Rivers The latest disaster was the result of a 25-kilometre-long ice jam on the Athabasca River, which caused water levels to rise in several low-lying areas along the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers — including downtown Fort McMurray.Residents returned to soaked walls and muddy basements on the weekend. Some of the homes won’t be habitable because of water damage and the mayor said many residents don’t have insurance.“There is a huge issue in this region,” said Scott.Officials said the boil water advisory brought in during the flooding could remain in effect until September for all neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, Anzac, Draper, Gregoire Lake Estates and Saprae Creek Estates.Matthew Hough, deputy chief administration officer, said the plant is physically safe, but the river water went the wrong way down an overflow pipe and mixed with the city’s drinking water.“We are now required to clean all 375 kilometres of our pipes and that is going to take time,” he explained. “The river water has created a film-like substance on the inside of our pipes.”Hough said all the pipes will have to be cleaned with safe levels of chlorine before the advisory can be lifted. This flood was unprecedented, many of us have never witnessed a natural disaster of this scale in our lifetimes.Reeve Josh Knelsen, northern Alberta residentFarther north, officials in Mackenzie County allowed about 500 residents from Fort Vermilion, Buttertown and Beaver Ranch to return Monday.“I would like to welcome you back home. I can only imagine how difficult this has been and I understand that many challenges will remain in the days to follow,” Reeve Josh Knelsen said in a post on social media. A blockage on the Peace River caused the flooding in Fort Vermilion and left large chunks of ice on the streets.“This flood was unprecedented, many of us have never witnessed a natural disaster of this scale in our lifetimes,” said Knelsen.Members of the Little Red River Cree Nation at Garden River, which is also near the Peace River, were still under an evacuation alert Monday, an Alberta government website indicated.The province has said residents of northern Alberta forced from their homes due to flooding will receive emergency payments. Evacuees can apply for $1,250 for each adult and $500 for each child.Officials said that program will cost about $11.7 million for one week.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 4, 2020 http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/906168-boil-water-advisory-could-last-months-after-fort-mcmurray-fl Tue, 05 2020 12:04:46 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/906168-boil-water-advisory-could-last-months-after-fort-mcmurray-fl Flood-ravaged Fort McMurray residents warned not to use generator ‘to feed their homes’ electrical panel’ Officials with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo issued an urgent warning on Monday to anyone living without power in the flood-stricken community of Fort McMurray. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/906078-flood-ravaged-fort-mcmurray-residents-warned-not-use-generat Tue, 05 2020 04:18:43 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/906078-flood-ravaged-fort-mcmurray-residents-warned-not-use-generat Wood Buffalo mayor to ask province, feds for flood relief: ‘We definitely need help’ RMWB Mayor Don Scott plans to ask provincial and federal governments for funding after devastating flooding. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/905975-wood-buffalo-mayor-ask-province-feds-flood-relief-we-definit Mon, 04 2020 21:24:45 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/905975-wood-buffalo-mayor-ask-province-feds-flood-relief-we-definit Fort McMurray flood: Boil water advisory to remain in place until September The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said a boil water advisory would remain in effect for all neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, Anzac, Draper, Gregoire Lake Estates and Saprae Creek Estates. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/905897-fort-mcmurray-flood-boil-water-advisory-remain-place-until-s Mon, 04 2020 18:37:22 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/905897-fort-mcmurray-flood-boil-water-advisory-remain-place-until-s Fort McMurray Cleans Up Flood Damage On 4th Anniversary Of Devastating Fires FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - As residents of Fort McMurray continued to assess their flood-damaged homes and businesses and began the difficult task of cleaning them this weekend, they also marked the anniversary of the start of an evacuation that emptied the northern Alberta city four years ago.“It was evident on May 3, 2016 and it is evident today: we are a region of resilience,” Mayor Don Scott said in a news release from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on Sunday.Many of the evacuation orders that began last weekend due to the spring ice breakup on nearby rivers were lifted Friday. The flooding affected low-lying areas of Fort McMurray including its downtown, and close to 13,000 people had to leave their homes.When Norm Sutton was allowed to return to his home in Fort McMurray, he could see that his wife’s car had been totally submerged and floodwater had completely filled his finished basement, soaking everything right up to the ceiling.The water is gone now, but it’s left a deep layer of mud in the basement and has soaked the drywall. The family issued a plea on social media for volunteers to come on Sunday to form a chain to pass debris up the stairs to a dumpster, but they warned the work will be wet and that anyone who comes to help should bring rubber boots.“The furniture, the library, I’ve got over a thousand books downstairs. Everything was destroyed. My wife’s sewing room, her sewing machines, the fabric collection, the beds, my record collection, the stereo, everything is totally destroyed,” Sutton said in a phone interview Saturday.“But we were luckier than quite a few of my neighbours in that it did not reach the main floor of the house.”When Fort McMurray residents returned home following a wildfire that forced the entire city to flee in 2016, they hoped that their homes had escaped the flames and were still standing.This time, the homes are still there, but some aren’t inhabitable because of the water damage, at least in the immediate future.The Canadian Red Cross has been handing out cleanup kits that contain latex and work gloves, sponges, garbage bags, mops and scrub brushes. A boil-water advisory for the city remains in effect, so oil company CNOOC International supplied a tanker truck that pumped out potable water to people who brought jugs on Saturday.A supermarket downtown, forced to close but not damaged, gave away free produce to the food bank, which distributed the items from the back of a semi-trailer on Saturday.“The recent river breakup flood has reminded me of the incredible generosity of our residents. That generosity was on display on that evacuation day four years ago, where neighbour helped neighbour, and it continues today,” Scott said.Historic fires started in the bushThe fire in northern Alberta ignited deep in the bush on May 1, 2016, and exploded into a ferocious blaze that forced the evacuation of the entire city two days later.More than 80,000 people fled as towering flames licked at their homes and crackled along the only highway out of the city. Flames consumed nearly 2,600 dwelling units, which were mostly residential.Chief administrative officer Jamie Doyle said the fire evacuation was one of the most challenging days the region and the municipality has ever faced. But he also said that between COVID-19 and the flooding, staff have also been very busy in the emergency operations centre this year.“Like May 3 four years ago, these emergency responses can be incredibly stressful on our staff, particularly if they have been directly impacted as a resident,” Doyle said in the municipality’s news release.“If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to express your thanks to a member of municipal staff or to a first responder.”Donations collected by Red CrossThe municipality said Saturday that electricity and natural gas service has not been restored to the flood-affected areas yet, but crews were working to restore it as quickly as possible. A boil-water advisory for the city and surrounding region also remained in effect.It said that Canadians wishing to make a donation are encouraged to contribute to the Fort McMurray Area Floods Fund online at www.redcross.ca.Superstore, a supermarket downtown that was forced to close — but escaped the flooding — was able to help lift the spirits of returning evacuees on Saturday by donating free food, which was distributed by the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association. Dan Edwards, the food bank’s executive director, noted that despite the strain that many people are facing, the ones who stood in line for the free produce took the time to ask how he and the volunteers were doing.“Literally every single person I talk to, they say, thank you. I’ve had people asking me what I need as I’m walking down the lineup,” Edwards said, noting a lot of the people won’t be covered by insurance.“We’re only just beginning this phase, and it’s going to be a while before things are whole again.”The municipality announced on the weekend that emergency housing provided through the Red Cross was being extended until May 10 for people whose homes aren’t safe to live in. On Friday, Environment Minister Jason Nixon said a 44-kilometre-long icy mass on the Peace River could mean another 6,000 people in the region might need support from the province.About 750 people have left their homes on the Little Red River Cree Nation, which declared a state of local emergency last Monday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 2, 2020. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/905626-fort-mcmurray-cleans-flood-damage-4th-anniversary-devastatin Mon, 04 2020 03:24:53 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/905626-fort-mcmurray-cleans-flood-damage-4th-anniversary-devastatin Fort McMurray residents grapple with soaked walls and muddy basements as they survey their flooded homes The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo lifted a mandatory evacuation order for five parts of Fort McMurray late Friday, citing receding water levels. http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/905278-fort-mcmurray-residents-grapple-soaked-walls-and-muddy-basem Sun, 03 2020 00:22:17 GMT http://wood-buffalo.netia.ca/news/905278-fort-mcmurray-residents-grapple-soaked-walls-and-muddy-basem