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Metropolis of Edmonton to shut wildfire evacuee reception centre

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The Metropolis of Edmonton is closing its Emergency Reception Centre at 7 p.m. Monday following evacuation orders being lifted for the Northwest Territories cities of Hay River and Fort Smith.

Town opened the doorways of the 7515 118 Ave. Expo Centre on Aug. 18 after a request from the Alberta Emergency Administration Company. Since then 7,540 evacuees and 1,314 pets have been registered. The centre offered evacuees with short-term housing, meals, clothes, animal care and well being and psychological helps.

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Town mentioned over 4000 meals have been served and resort rooms have been accessible for 1,760 households.

Andre Corbould, metropolis supervisor, mentioned in a press launch that Edmonton will proceed to be ready to help future emergencies.

“I’m happy with our Emergency Assist Response Staff who’ve offered compassionate help to our neighbours from the Northwest Territories once they wanted it most,” mentioned Corbould. “We stay ready to help future emergencies ought to the necessity come up.”

Whereas evacuees stayed in Edmonton, town offered free entry to companies similar to transit and recreation centres which will even finish at 7 p.m., on Monday.

Over the previous few weeks Edmonton additional supported Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories by deploying tools up north with the assistance of Edmonton Hearth Rescue Companies.

Edmonton correctional amenities additionally accepted 85 inmates evacuated from the northern wildfires, town didn’t say if these inmates will return up north.

-With information from Nicole Bergot