Recovery Task Force Looking To Help Property Owners Who Haven’t Started Rebuild Process

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Recovery Task Force Looking To Help Property Owners Who Haven’t Started Rebuild Process

Over 560 properties are still in limbo when it comes to starting a rebuild.

The Recovery Task Force is releasing their latest updated rebuild numbers and, right now, 561 properties haven’t received permits to start construction.

Operations Manager with the Task Force Erin O’Neill tells Fort McMurray News they’ve come across many different reasons for why people aren’t trying to move back home.

“People are still dealing with their insurance, people haven’t decided what they want to do, some people want to leave their lot vacant, so we’re really trying to figure out the bulk of the reasons.”

She says they’re still trying to help steer each property owner into the direction they’re looking to take.

“Be it through Red Cross, through the Insurance Bureau of Canada, or things we can do to really help those people who want to move forward with their rebuild.”

Over the next month, the Task Force will be reaching out to these property owners to have a better understanding of how many rebuilds each neighbourhood will have.

This will also help them move forward with their ‘Municipal Infrastructure Project’ which looks to fix the curbs, sidewalks, and streets in the areas.

“If there are, say, five lots in Stone Creek that don’t plan on rebuilding we’ll take those off our list and we won’t be waiting for those to be rebuilt before we go forward with our municipal infrastructure.”

O’Neill adds a damaged neighbourhood needs to be 80 per cent rebuilt before they can start fixing the streets. However, they will split the communities into sections to help get the project started this year.

Meanwhile, 389 rebuilds have been finished with the Task Force estimates there could be 1,000 final inspections by the end of 2018.
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