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Resident at Fort McMurray wildfire evacuation centre says supplies desperately needed

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ABOVE: Former BC resident Jennifer Lenos called Global News from an evacuation centre close to Fort McMurray, in the safe zone of Fort MacKay. Lenos explains what she’s seeing Wednesday morning and how the city evacuated in mass panic – May 4, 2016

A former B.C. resident, now living in Fort McKay, close to Fort McMurray, says it was “mass panic” on Tuesday when thousands of residents were forced to flee the fast moving wildfire.

“People were driving on the wrong side of the road,” said Jennifer Lenos. “I witnessed people yelling and swearing at people in [a] parking lot because they wanted to get to the gas station.”

But now Lenos said the big worry is supplies in the small town.

“It’s very nerve-wracking because we don’t know what’s going on with the fires,” she said. “There’s people here, I think there’s an extra 2,000 people in this small little community. They have little kids, they have pets, they don’t have anything. So it’s just watching all these people that are basically stranded.”

“You just think about, not only yourself, but you worry about supplies. How do you get supplies when you’re so far north of everything else?”

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“How will we feed all these people and ourselves, that’s our main concern right now.”

READ MORE: Full coverage of the Fort McMurray wildfire

Lenos said they are now waiting for more information and are staying glued to TVs, radios and online to find out as much as they can.

But it’s a surreal situation.

“It’s like a movie almost,” she said. “You’re just waiting for the director to say ‘cut’ and for everyone to go back to normal.”

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How Canadians can help Fort Mac fire victims – May 4, 2016

 

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