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Recovery efforts begin with businesses after major flooding in Fort McMurray

Last Updated May 1, 2020 at 1:52 pm PDT

Don Scott, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and municipal counsellor Krista Balsom, right, help out on a sandbagging crew working to protect historic buildings from flooding at the Heritage Village in Fort McMurray, Albert on Wednesday April 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Halinda
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A recovery plan is in place in northern Alberta after major flooding forced 13,000 from their homes in For McMurray

A massive ice jam on the Athabasca River that caused the flooding has shrunk to about half its original size

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — A recovery plan is in place in northern Alberta after major flooding forced 13,000 people from their homes in Fort McMurray.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo says in a social media post that the plan will guide the cleanup and re-entry for residents in the downtown.

A massive ice jam on the Athabasca River that caused the flooding has shrunk to about half its original size and water levels have dropped significantly in three rivers around Fort McMurray.

Officials have said the plan is to open businesses before allowing residents back to the community.

They said it will be at least a week before evacuees could return.

Some businesses and services deemed essential include government offices, grocery stores, hardware stores, gas stations, hotels and pharmacies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 1, 2020

The Canadian Press