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Pump plan in place to recover Taiga Nova park

Last Updated Apr 28, 2020 at 9:51 pm MDT

PHOTO. Volunteers from Regional Emergency Services and Syncrude test one of the company's industrial-sized portable fire pumps. The pumps will remove water from the Taiga Nova Eco-Industrial Park starting April 28 at 10:00 p.m. Supplied by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Regional Emergency Services and Syncrude banded together to recover the Taiga Nova Eco-Industrial Park.

Crews went to work with industrial-size portable fire pumps, which should be in operation on April 28 at 10:00 p.m.

They will remove approximately 400,000 cubic metres of water from the park, completing the work in five days.

Scott Davis, Director of Emergency Management, said starting work in the area is a step in the right direction.

“It’s also a great opportunity to showcase the strength of our mutual aid partnerships here in the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre. We have several leaders from industry, and other partner agencies, here with us in our response and recovery efforts.”

Davis said he is grateful for the assistance of the Municipality’s mutual aid partners.

Supplied by Syncrude, the pumps can remove nearly 14,000 gallons of water per minute.

PHOTO. Industrial-sized portable fire pumps from Syncrude. Supplied by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.


The area remains off-limits to the public as first responders set to begin.

READ MORE: RMWB provides community update on flooding

Davis said the Regional Emergency Operation Centre will oversee efforts and continue to work with Syncrude to bring in additional fire pumps.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the ice jam start to release, and get to work on re-entry and recovery of all areas impacted by this incident.”

More information on the RMWB’s response to the flooding and recovery plans are available on its website.