From Global Edmonton viewer Peggy Zallas-Rose: "I am working closely with the donation set up at Spruce Grove WalMart. They need volunteers and more trailers. Also, people need a way to carry donations, so they desperately need backpacks, and rubbermaids." Running until 9:00 p.m. tonight, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. tomorrow.
From city of Lloydminster Twitter account: "Lloydminster residents can drop off donations to help Slave Lake residents at 5201-60 Street. Call Jamie @ 780-872-0750."
From Strathcona County Twitter account: "Joint mutual response w/ #yeg Fire & Resc to #SlaveLake fire. #Strathco Emerg Serv contributing Engine 5 w/ crew of 4+Chief to assist."
@Chaz Lendzion The Edmonton Emergency Relief Centre is taking donations of bedding, unopened toiletries, and towels at 10255 104 street. Call 780-428-4422 for more info.
Premier Ed Stelmach promises financial aid to residents of Slave Lake. 'Tradtional' disaster recovery monies will be available. As well, Stelmach has already spoken with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the 'unusual circumstances' of this disaster.
One home lost near Boyle (160km NE of Edmonton): Boyle RCMP currently monitoring a wildfire burning NW of the Hamlet of Ellscott. Three unoccupied residences and one occupied residence were lost along with several outbuildings. Fire crews from Boyle, Grassland and Thorhild are attempting to contain the blaze. Currently the wild fire is just south of TWP 642 near RR 200 and moving in a North to North Western direction.
Statement from Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason:
“It’s with sorrow and shock that I’ve watched alongside many around Alberta, Canada and the World, the images of Slave Lake’s destruction. Thousands of Slave Lakers have lost the homes, possessions and memories of a lifetime.
|I salute the brave emergency workers who’ve amazingly managed to evacuate the whole town amidst a raging fire without any reported injuries or losses of life.
I know the generosity of Albertans will meet this challenge. We at the NDP Caucus will work vigorously to assure Slave Lakers are supported by government as they rebuild their lives.”
@WorriedResident We'll be posting it as soon as it's in!
Gord Steinke, Laurel Clark and Carole Anne Guay all live from Athabasca evacuation centre during the Early News @ 5 and the News Hour @ 6.
From City of Edmonton Twitter account: "Media update at 4 pm today at EXPO centre on relief support to people evacuated from Slave Lake." Global News will be there.
Westlock Evacuation centre has room for placement of large animals and small animals and a fenced off area out back for displaced residents to keep their pets. Number is 780-307-5578.
New aerial video of Slave Lake townsite on the way. Stay tuned to live blog for latest updates.
@concerned relative: Thanks for your patience. At this point town is still under evacuation order. Officials are concerned with monitoring fires and caring for evacuees. Information on precisely what areas of town have been affected will come in time. We'll continue to provide whatever information we can on our live blog.