Updated on May 2, 2020
- Entry: As of now access to the site is closed and entry is not permitted. We are not yet sure when we will be permitted to start an assessment before we can even think of starting the cleanup.
- Volunteers and Donations: We appreciate the fact that many people are reaching out wanting to help. There is no doubt that much effort and generosity from all of us will be essential during these very difficult times. As of now, we can’t be physically present in our buildings to do anything. We ask that you please preserve your energy and enthusiasm, and keep checking our E-Newsletter and our website. I will send out requests for volunteers and donations through the E-Newsletter and our website when we have more information. Once we are able to use the main floor of the Office, we will be better able to co-ordinate questions about volunteers and donations.
- Future Updates: Going forward we intend to use our E-Newsletter and parish Website to provide frequent updates on the status of access, cleanup, and restoration. I regret the fact that as entry is not permitted, I will not be able to update you with any more pictures of our church and office sites, other than what is on this page. Please click the slider to browse through the pictures.
Updated on May 9, 2020
Restoration Update: Now that the floodwaters have receded, we begin the long process of cleanup and restoration in both the Church and Office basements. The RMWB granted us access to the property on May 1. At that time, neither building had gas or electricity and there was still floodwater and sewage in both basements. In working with our insurance company, a contractor has been hired to complete cleanup and demolition of these areas. Due to health concerns, the buildings remain closed to the public.
We have met with the insurance adjustor to complete a preliminary assessment of the damage. We are currently compiling a list of items that have been damaged and need to be discarded. This is a very long list and several parish groups and individuals have been contacted to assist us with this process.
As of today, we still do not have gas or electricity in either building. The contractor is nearing completion of the cleanup process and demolition will begin soon. All of this needs to be completed before we can even begin to rebuild.
Bishop’s Visit: Bishop Terrio came to Fort McMurray on May 2 to provide prayer, guidance and support on behalf of the entire diocese of St. Paul. He met with the priests from both parishes and afterwards he was able to visit the church site.
Love Thy Neighbour: Between the Covid-19 pandemic and the flood, this is indeed a very challenging time for all of us. Many families and individuals are dealing with physical, emotional and mental struggles as they try to cope with their everyday lives. Please reach out to your neighbours and fellow parishoners who may need your help. Let them know that they are in our prayers.
Updated on May 15, 2020