PWRDF Offers Aid to Recovery Efforts in Fort McMurray

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PWRDF Offers Aid to Recovery Efforts in Fort McMurray


Forget, Andre, Anglican Journal


Almost a year after a wildfire devastated Fort McMurray, Alta., the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) says Canadian Anglicans have donated more than $200,000 toward relief, as residents struggle to put their lives back together.

On May 6, 2016, as the fire ripped through the city on its third day, PWRDF announced an initial grant of $15,000 to the diocese of Athabasca, which includes Fort McMurray.

It also began accepting donations for relief efforts for the roughly 80,000 people displaced from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. According to news reports, the fire destroyed 2,400 buildings, or around 10% of the city, and could have caused as much as $3.58 billion in damage.

Almost a year later, many residents have returned to Fort McMurray. But while life is "slowly getting back to normal," according to Tara Munn, outgoing PWRDF liaison and secretary of the Fort McMurray Fire Relief Steering Committee, many are still in limbo.

In an update posted on the PWRDF website, Munn, a Fort McMurray resident who did not lose her home, noted that some homes have been rebuilt, but many families are still renting space or going through the time-consuming process of claiming insurance.

The problem is complicated by extensive flooding that has affected several neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray. …

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