'How Could a Whole Town Burn?'
Slave Lake One Year After the Fire
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In May of 2011 residents of the small Albertan town of Slave Lake fled as a massive fire levelled the town, leaving 700 families homeless. A year later, the Edmonton Journal looks back on the tragedy, profiles residents who are struggling to rebuild, and surveys the international reaction to the fire.
So proud to be a northerner in Alberta
As I read this book, I was reminded of how close knit a community becomes after a devastating event. This book brought a little more depth to the emotions felt by the residents of Slave Lake.
Friends of ours in the community where I live in north of Slave lake had a sister loose her place to the fire. For them to be apart from their family was very hard for them. The only thing they could do was wait to hear the outcome of their families homes.
It was a time of great prayer for the community itself and for all those displaced by this disaster. But further into the book, you feel the sense of community between our Province and the world. Slave lake will forever be etched in the memory of time just as the World Trade Centre has been.
I also liked how the writer involved the thoughts of a variety of local residents. Their memories, challenges and future sure brings perspective of how delicate nature is and how easy it is to take it for granted. Through this event, lives have been changed forever.
Thanks for this opportunity to feel apart of what makes Alberta strong and that is pride and community.
- Category: Americas
- Published: May 22, 2012
- Publisher: Edmonton Journal
- Seller: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 100 Pages
- Language: English