LETHBRIDGE: The Provincial Government approved $1 Billion on Friday, as
the first phase of emergency recovery and reconstruction funding for southern
At a news conference, Premier Alison
Redford stated, “Yesterday, we promised that our government would take steps to
help the more than 100,000 displaced Albertans that were affected by this flood
- today we’re taking action.”
To help the people who are still displaced, the government will provide
pre-loaded debit cards for immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases.
Those who qualify will be eligible for $1,250 per adult and $500 per child.
Eligibility criteria and distribution plans are still being finalized and it's
expected the cards shoud be ready by mid-week.
The $1 billion emergency recovery and reconstruction funding has been
allocated from Alberta’s Contingency Fund.
Not only will the money be used for direct support of evacuated residents but
also to support for relief centres, including food, clothes and supplies. The
money will also be used for rebuilding bridges, waterways, and other critical
The Associate Ministers responsible for regional recovery and reconstruction
in southern Alberta - Greg Weadick (South East Region), Kyle Fawcett (South
West Region), and Rick Fraser (High River) - will work with their regions to
make sure they get the support they need.
Links to emergency information, community contacts and disaster recovery is
available at www.alberta.ca.
Watch for Government of Alberta updates on Twitter at #abflood
Attached to this story are several pictures of the flooding in High River, taken on June
22nd, after water from the Highwood River had already receded substantially. Photos Released by RCMP