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HIGH RIVER:  The Alberta government has declared a provincial state of emergency in the Town of High River and will assume responsibility for emergency operations, programs and services. The action is in response to a request from High River Mayor, Emile Blokland.


According to a provincial news release, "The disaster in High River has been overwhelming. That 's why we are taking this unique and unprecedented step," said Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs.  Mayor Blokland and his administration have done outstanding work dealing with this situation, but it has become clear to both the mayor and me that the tasks ahead require significant resources and expertise. The province is ready to step in and provide that and build on that as necessary."


"Given the scope and scale of this disaster, I have decided the best course of action for getting the people of High River back into their homes as soon as possible is for the province to take charge of the coordination and implementation of emergency operations," said Emile Blokland, Mayor of High River.


Effective immediately, Rick Fraser, Associate Minister of Regional Recovery and Reconstruction for High River, will assume responsibility and control of emergency operations in High River. He will be supported by an official from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and other provincial and town employees. They will assist Fraser with all necessary plans and programs and link into the provincial operations centre.

Frustration is mounting for those who have been out of their homes for a week since the flood. The R-C-M-P have officers posted at various checkpoints around the community and roving patrols throughout the evacuated areas to maintain security because of health and safety concerns.

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 4/17/2014 10:14:29 AM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News with files from Alberta Govt. Photo credit to RCMP - Officers patrol High River street
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