Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Evacuees from Alberta Fire Start Receiving Money

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Evacuees from Alberta Fire Start Receiving Money

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EDMONTON, Alberta * More than 80,000 wildfire evacuees started receiving direct financial assistance Wednesday from the Alberta government and the Canadian Red Cross as officials asked for patience in getting residents home following the devastating wildfire in Canada's oil sands town of Fort McMurray.

Canadian Red Cross chief executive Conrad Sauve said in a news conference that each adult will receive $600 Canadian and each child will get $300 Canadian in what he called the most important and fastest direct cash transfer in the organization's history. The payout totals $50 million Canadian.

That's in addition to $1,250 Canadian per adult and $500 Canadian per dependent that Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said would be available starting Wednesday. Notley asked those who don't need emergency funding to let those who do line up first for debit cards. …

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