There’s No Place Like Home

Many of you know my city Fort McMurray, AB, Canada evacuated all 88,000 people on May 3rd. Yesterday after more than 4 weeks away I was allowed to come back home. They are bringing people back by neighbourhoods. The fire came very close to where I live, about a half a block away. I am thankful to say my house only has smoke damage. I am grateful to the fire fighters who worked round the clock to save my neighbourhood. Here are the sites that greeted me as I drove into the city. It’s good to be home.:)

 

Welcome Home Welcoming

My Canadian Town Has Burned

By now I am sure you all have heard about the fires in my city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. I was at work 1 hour south when the evacuation came into effect. My husband drove north with our cats and was put up in a camp on his job site. My company put me up for a night until on May 4th – the fire had spread very quickly and started to burn my work site. I was evacuated at 10pm. It was scary. To the right of the road were flames, so high, the sky was red. I drove all night until I reached Edmonton. I had worked all day so I was up 24 hours but the 7 hour drive seem to fly. Adrenaline is a powerful thing. My husband is flying to Edmonton tonight. As of today my house is still okay. I am safe. It is almost unthinkable that this is happening. I can’t imagine the terror the people who fled through a wall of flame. The poor children will be traumatized for life. It’s bad. The fire fighters will be fighting this for weeks and weeks. I have no idea when the city will be safe for people to return. I do know once we do return we will be shocked at the devastation.

Burning Escape FRom the sky trees