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Alberta Government Opens Wallet - $1 Billion In Emergency Funding For Rebuilding

 
 

LETHBRIDGE:  The Provincial Government approved $1 Billion on Friday, as the first phase of emergency recovery and reconstruction funding for southern Alberta communities.



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 infrastructure .

 

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



Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 4/16/2014 12:13:44 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News with files from Alberta Govt. Photo credit of High River flooding to RCMP
 
 
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