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Concordia Evacuee Information Centre Closes

May 26, 2011

Assistance available through provincial government

Due to decreased demand for services, the wildfire evacuation information centre located at Concordia University College is closing at 5pm on May 26. Assistance to Slave Lake area evacuees will continue to be available through the Government of Alberta.

The City of Edmonton worked with the provincial government, the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other partners to offer short-term assistance to Slave Lake area residents who were forced to evacuate due to wild fires. A temporary reception centre was initially established at the Edmonton Expo Centre to provide lodging, food and other services. It remained in operation for six days. An information centre to assist evacuees was then opened at Concordia.

There were about 10,000 visits to the centres, and approximately 4,000 people registered through Red Cross.

 “The City of Edmonton has a plan in place to help people in these situations and we executed that plan in coordination with our many partners,” said Judy Smith, spokesperson for the City of Edmonton’s Disaster Social Services. “Thanks to organizations, such as Edmonton Northlands and Concordia University College, we were able to respond to the needs of the evacuees quickly and effectively.”

Slave Lake evacuees who are seeking assistance or information can call 310-4455.

For more information:

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca