A number of Fort McMurray evacuees who settled into emergency shelter have been evacuated again as the wildfires spread.
Former Manitoban Cherylyn Sheehan and her family are among them. They have been evacuated twice in two days.
They left Fort McMurray Tuesday and set up their trailer at Gregoire Lake campground south of the city. Another family stayed with them, ten people squished inside.
But yesterday, they were told they were in danger there and had to move on.
“They came by and said, ‘get ready to go’, and came back right away again and said ‘you’ve got to go’, so we left again,” she said.
Her family managed to find some gas and are now in Witaskiwin south of Edmonton, camped out on a relative’s farm.
Sheehan believes her house is OK. Many friends are not so fortunate.
Her sons, 6, 11, and 13, were excited about the adventure at first.
“We had gone to the beach, they were playing at the park, they were doing good,” she said.
But the stress on mom and dad started to show and the reality of the situation began to set in.
“They all had upset stomachs, they were feeling the pressure that mom and dad are under pressure and they are under pressure now, too,” she said.
Sheehan, a Snowflake native, says her family is grateful for the support they’ve received from friends and family in Manitoba.
Many Fort McMurray evacuees who had been staying at emergency accommodations in Anzac had to board buses for Edmonton last night.
About 2,500 evacuees had been registered in the small community near Fort McMurray.
Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation are now under an evacuation order.
Alberta has now declared a state of emergency. That helps them in their request for resources from outside the province.
The Red Cross is accepting donations for those affected by the wildfires.
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