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Message from Mayor Crystal McAteer
Yesterday, I went to the evacuation centres in Fort Vermilion and La Crete. I am happy to report that our evacuated residents are being well- taken –care- of. The volunteers and the reception centre workers have been doing an amazing job at making our displaced families feel at home, by providing them a place to sleep, great food to eat and organizing activities such as hand games, beading, live music and outdoor activities.
I wish I could visit all the evacuation centres as I have only heard amazing things about them, but I know our residents are in good hands. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to every community that has been so welcoming of our residents.
I am very pleased to report that approximately 35 animals have been rescued in High Level. They were each checked by a vet and transported to safe locations outside of High Level.
I am also very happy to say that the Government of Alberta has made financial assistant available to the mandatory evacuees displaced by the wildfire south of High Level. Evacuees can begin registering at MyAlberta digital ID. Please register on Sunday May 26, at noon at www.account.alberta.ca/signin.
Thank you to all the evacuees for remaining patient. I want to reassure the residents of High Level and area that everything we are able to do; is being done. For the time being, please stay where you are and allow our emergency service workers and firefighters to do their job.