Fort McMurray residents who fled 2016 wildfire experiencing traumatic déjà vu

People in the Waterways neighborhood are packing up early. Their homes aren't on evacuation order, but they aren't taking any chances. It was a little chaos. I didn't get to sleep till 3:00 or 4:00 this morning, trying to be. I stayed on the couch, trying to be the one that was awake just in case. Lori knows Worthy has lived in Fort McMurray for 20 years. She still remembers the intense flames in 2016. You can see the fire on each side, and that memory just stuck with me all these years. And the panic sets in as soon as you hear that alert, right? It's hard not to run into someone who has a traumatic memory of the blaze. Yeah, I lost everything in 2016 so. But right now I just, you know, you just got to go with the flow and what happens, happens. Thousands of homes were lost in the fire eight years ago. This is changing the way residents and leaders approach the situation. As residents rush to leave their homes. I know that this will bring back difficult memories from the devastating fires. Of 2016 and I'm sure these memories will create fear and uncertainty for many in Fort McMurray. The province says this time around there are many mental health supports available for people who may be seeking care. Alberta Health Services does have a lot of wildfire resources available online, as well as there's direct links to to be able to speak to individuals. So we would really encourage everyone. As for community members, they say with more safety preparations put in place in Fort McMurray. It's allowing them to hold on a little bit longer. I think we're just gonna stay because a lot of the chaos is done now because a lot of people have left. So if we do have to leave, it shouldn't be as bad as it was last time in 2016. That's what we're praying for. Jasmine King, Global News, Fort McMurray.

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