May 11, 2016

Temporary housing first step as wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray recovers

Abasand Dr, Fort McMurray, AB T9J
Canada
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By Rod Nickel and Liz Hampton
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Reuters
Burned out homes are pictured in the Abasand neighbourhood of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, May 9, 2016 after wildfires forced the evacuation of the town. Photo: Chris Wattie, Reuters
Burned out homes are pictured in the Abasand neighbourhood of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, May 9, 2016 after wildfires forced the evacuation of the town. Photo: Chris Wattie, Reuters

Reconstructing Fort McMurray will be easier than first feared since much of the city’s critical infrastructure remains intact but the once booming oil town will be smaller than before, according to its mayor. The first priority is getting new temporary housing so companies can resume shuttered oil production...

With 10 percent of the city burned and more than 90,000 residents evacuated, the combination of a glut of prefire homes and quick-build housing are a solution as the government and oil executives try to jump-start rebuilding