Residents of Fort McMurray have been ordered from their homes as the spring breakup of ice on rivers around the city has caused major flooding. The evacuation orders are for streets in the cities downtown core. Evacuees have been asked to report to a registration centre at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. They are being asked to maintain social distancing requirements.
Local morning news reporter, Melanie Walsh has lived and worked in Fort McMurray for her entire life, and she says the flood has simply devastated her community.
"We can't catch a break between the global pandemic, the huge crash in oil prices that has laid off so many of our friends and family, and now so many of our friends and family are evacuating and their homes are destroyed".
The Wood Buffalo Food Bank has also been flooded, and ordered to shut down. Fort McMurray Mayor, Don Scott has requested help from the Canadian Armed Forces to assist with recovery efforts.