FORT MCMURRAY — Alberta’s provincial government has released an app that will give residents of wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray a good look at their properties.
Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee warned Sunday, May 15th that viewing the satellite images may be traumatic.
A number for Alberta’s Mental Health Help Line is included in Larivee’s news release.
She says the maps are intended to provide satellite overviews of the city following a massive wildfire that ignited almost two weeks ago, forcing more than 80,000 residents to evacuate and destroying more than 2,400 structures in Fort McMurray.
But firefighters managed to save 85 to 90 percent of the oil sands capital.
Larivee says that having lived through a devastating fire and evacuation herself five years ago, she knows how stressful it can be to wait for updates on which homes have been lost.
Generally, the airlines charge fees and have strict rules about allowing pets on board. However, many Fort McMurray residents were not able to grab crates from their homes — or much of anything else — before being evacuated.
WestJet officials said they’re working closely with officials to help get people out of affected areas, using airstrips at private oil fields.
A Twitter user posted a photo of dog aboard a WestJet plane, thanking the airline.
WestJet has also donated $25,000 to the Red Cross.