Community rallies behind evacuees in ongoing Alberta wildfires

Editor’s note:  Subsequent to the story below, we also received via Jim Morris, Royal LePage’s Manager, Network Development, and an update from Marian Barry on the status of her brokerage and team, Royal LePage True North Realty in Fort McMurray. Here is an update from Marian Barry. 

Nothing definite yet but our house is okay as far as we know. Pretty sure the offices are too-may be some smoke and water damage. Insurance companies will be sending people up to assess the situation when allowed to do so.   My daughter in law has been there all this time as she is a firefighter. I spoke to her yesterday and she estimates it could be a month to 2 months before we are allowed back in.  Lots of hot spots, power is out and lots of issues with power grids. Water unsafe to drink and on and on. To date our agents who lost their homes are Gail Bibeau, Sarah Baron. Julio Florez lost a rental but not his own. I think there may be a couple more that if not destroyed has substantially damage. All in all everyone has remained pretty calm even though reality is setting in now.   There are lots of questions regarding the real estate side of things but again with no lawyers or banks operational and the unknown condition of the homes everything is in limbo.  So day by day we wait.  On the brighter side the support and compassion being shown by everyone across Canada is truly amazing and inspiring. The stories that are coming out are unbelievable. Thanks so much Jim for your concern for all of us. Again so happy to be a part of this caring Company.

Lac La Biche community welcoming evacuees

The community of Lac La Biche, Alberta has found itself front and centre in lending a helping hand to the streams of evacuees who have fled their communities as a result of the ongoing wildfires in Northern Alberta.

Roy Worthington, broker-owner at Royal LePage Lakeland Real Estate in Lac la Biche says his company is one of many from the community that have come together at the community’s Bold Centre to house, feed and outfit the more than 300 people who temporarily call the centre home.

“Everyone in the community has come together to lend a hand to what has become a 24-hour operation, involving hundreds of volunteers,” says Worthington. “The community is pitching in as the evacuation of nearby communities continues, which started with residents of Fort McMurray and has expanded rapidly to include many others.”  Worthington adds that people are arriving daily, often enquiring at his brokerage about temporary housing in the community of Lac la Biche. Evacuees are seeking cottages and other places they can rent or call home while they wait for news on their own communities and homes.

Volunteers from Royal LePage Lakeland Real Estate stand outside the kitchen at the Bold Centre in Lac la Biche as they prepare a dinner on Friday, May 6 for evacuees. L-R: Roy Worthington, Carrie Dechaine, Tracey Thompson, Ron Moore, Jane Moore, Patrick Cheung, Tyler MacDonald, Taisya Reutov, Alexander Reutov, Tanya Duchnych and Cory Sturek.

Volunteers from Royal LePage Lakeland Real Estate stand outside the kitchen at the Bold Centre in Lac la Biche as they prepare a dinner on Friday, May 6 for evacuees. L-R: Roy Worthington, Carrie Dechaine, Tracey Thompson, Ron Moore, Jane Moore, Patrick Cheung, Tyler MacDonald, Taisya Reutov, Alexander Reutov, Tanya Duchnych and Cory Sturek.

Royal LePage Lakeland Real Estate contributed to the building of the Lac la Biche Bold Centre several years ago, which is now housing up to 300 evacuees.

Clothing, shoes, bedding and pillows are donated by the community to help the relief efforts for those evacuating their communities as a result of the wildfires.

A dressing room, sponsored by Royal LePage Lakeland Real Estate, serves as the men’s showers.

The Bold Centre has become a 24-hour operation for hundreds of volunteers assisting the evacuees.

The Bold Centre has become a 24-hour operation for hundreds of volunteers assisting the evacuees.

 

 

 

 

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