Sunrise | Although he lives thousands of kilometers away from his hometown of Abetepe and is currently in the heart of a Stanley Cup Final, Nicolas Roy is well aware of the fires burning in Quebec. Like everyone else, see pictures on TV, on the web and on social networks.
Helpless in the face of the worsening situation since the beginning of the week, he consoles himself with the thought that all of his family are safe.
“Watching this from afar is obviously not easy. In my hometown, people are fine. In the area, there are a lot of people who have been transferred,” he said, a few hours before the third game between the Golden Knights and the Panthers.
So far, the vast majority of Abitibi residents appear to have escaped eviction notices. But it looks like it won’t be long. The people of Normittal have already had to leave their homes. Those from La Sarre and Senneterre could follow. To the east, the process appears to be in full swing in Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean, where the 7,500 residents of the city of Chipugamau have been told to go to Roberval and Chicoutimi on Wednesday.
Roy took the opportunity to highlight the courage, determination and compassion shown by citizens affected by the nearly 150 wildfires that have ravaged the province of Quebec.
“It’s not easy, but it’s good to see everyone coming together to try and overcome what’s happening now,” said the 26-year-old forward.
Moreover, even the French government is helping by sending hundreds of firefighters to Quebec soil. Portugal, Spain, Mexico and the United States also planned reinforcements.