HIGH RIVER: Residents of High River, the community hardest hit by flooding, will likely
not be allowed back to their homes for days to come yet.
Although crews are working to restore utilities, the health concerns for those
who would return to submerged homes are an over-riding concern. RCMP are still
standing guard over the community, with officers on ATVs. There are currently
186 RCMP officers deployed in the town and they are working shifts to provide 24
hour coverage. The officers have been issued special breathing masks for their
The RCMP also had a Specialized Dive Team conduct underwater searches in
deeply flooded homes, submerged vehicles, and through debris and streams in High
River. The Dive Team is assessing buildings for structural integrity, searching
for casualties and looking for any safety concerns that may not be visible above
On Wednesday morning, the province released information on
resources being mobilized to deliver pre-loaded debit cards to people in
flood-impacted communities. The immediate priority is assisting people who are
relying on reception centres serving evacuated areas.
of Regional Recovery and Reconstruction, Rick Fraser says those in most need are
at the top of the list, “Due to the scale of flood damage, our first focus is
providing financial assistance to those in the evacuated High River area.”
According to a release from the province, "Debit card processing sites will
be set up in Nanton and Vulcan beginning Thursday, June 27th, to assist High
River evacuees. Additional sites will be set up in Calgary and other communities
in the coming week to assist other Albertans affected by flooding".
This pre-loaded debit card will allow for immediate cash withdrawals at ATMs,
debit machines and internet purchases. Individual adult evacuees will be
eligible to receive $1,250 and children under 18 will be eligible for $500.
High River evacuees should register with their local authorities or the Red
Cross. Once registered, High River evacuees can go to the Nanton or Vulcan debit
card processing sites.
-- Nanton Curling Club at 21 Avenue and 18 Street
-- Vulcan - The Lodge Hall at 229 Centre Street
In an effort to efficiently handle the large number of people
who have been evacuated by the flooding, specified times are
identified for High River households to apply for the debit card. These are
based on the last name of the primary applicant:
-- Thurs, June 27: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. - High River households with last
names starting with A to L
-- Friday, June 28: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - High River households with last names
starting with M to Z
-- Saturday, June 29: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - any High River area evacuees;
-- Sunday, June 30: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - any High River area evacuees.
More locations will be announced in coming days for Calgary and
other areas affected by flooding. In the meantime, those who remain unable
to return home due to flooding, should first register with the Red Cross through
redcross.ca or call
Affected low income Albertans can also go to any Alberta Works office to get additional information and support
through an emergency needs allowance. Alberta Works offices will not be
offering pre-loaded debit card assistance at this time.
For latest information, visit http://alberta.ca/recoveryinformation.cfm or call
Photos from RCMP: Top: High River street under water. Middle: RCMP officers out-fitted with protective masks while they patrol the town. Bottom: RCMP Dive Team checking submerged property and vehicles.