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Canada wildfire evacuees return home

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>> An emotional homecoming as residents of Alberta's Fort McMurray begin returning to their homes this week after one of the worst wildfires in Canada's history devastated their city. Reuters Correspondent Nia Williams is in Fort McMurry where returnees face a massive clean up.>> Quite a lot of people who have come in in the last day or two are those whose homes have not been badly effected.
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And those people are pretty upbeat about how well their houses have survived. But then you've also got people where it's a completely contrasting situation. For example I met a woman yesterday who was with her brother-in-law, she had left town, her house is fine. Her brother-in-law lives in which is on the worst effected areas.
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And his house had burned down completely. He was quite unsure about what the next steps would be for them. People are saying that's hard to deal with, even those whose homes are fine. They say they have really mixed emotions because they come home and they're delighted to be back, but then they look down the street and see their neighbors have lost everything.
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So there's real mixed bag of emotions.>> More than 90,000 people fled the remote Northern Alberta city as the raging fire hit a month ago, destroying about 10% of Fort McMurray's homes. The blaze, which is still burning, now in neighboring Saskatchewan, was a major blow to the Oil Sands Community.
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Already reeling from a two year oil price slump. Fort McMurray is under a boil water advisory, and authorities have told those returning to bring two weeks worth of food, water and prescription medication. Now, many returnees have a lot of wall scrubbing and upholstery washing ahead of them. Many others facing the hard choice of whether to rebuild or move on.