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Province provides update on flood recovery situation
Published Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:45PM MDT
The Government of Alberta says that almost all of the 1,058 kilometres of the recreation trails in Kananaskis Country have been reopened either fully or partially.
The Government of Alberta has released an update on the state of flood recovery, saying that 2,000 people are still out of their homes, almost 1,300 of those in temporary living shelters.
According to a release:
- More than $150 million in disaster assistance has been provided to nine municipalities
- Almost $70 million in immediate support has been distributed as pre-loaded debit cards or cheques
- More than 8,600 applications for Disaster Recovery support have been received, with 2,324 payments made, totaling over $11.2M
- 53 applications for relocation from homeowners who lived in the floodway are currently being processed
- More than 2,000 Albertans are still out of their homes, including almost 1,300 living in temporary neighbourhoods in High River and Siksika
- A temporary neighbourbood that will accommodate approximately 700 people will open in the coming weeks in Calgary
- Temporary classrooms will be available to support the 950 students displaced from the three schools most impacted by the floods
- Five health facilities that provide direct patient care damaged by the floods have been safely repaired and are serving Albertans
- Public health inspectors carried out more than 10,000 inspections and consultations to assist Albertans affected by the flood
- Of the 985 kilometres of provincial roads and bridges closed as a result of damage, 857 kilometres, 87 per cent, have been reopened
- Approximately 200 bridges have now been inspected, with 30 of these bridges receiving significant damage. All but one (Highway 547 Bow River Bridge in Siksika First Nation) of the major bridges closed as a result of the June flooding are re-opened, either fully or partially
- Of the 1,058 kilometres of recreation trails closed in Kananaskis Country, almost all have been reopened either fully or partially
- 83 per cent of the area’s 38 front-country campgrounds were reopened by the end of August as were 78 per cent of the 98 day use areas
- Alberta Flood Information Line operators have taken questions from more than 23,000 callers since opening on June 24
- 14 information sessions have been held in more than 10 communities to answer Albertans’ flood-related questions
- In High River, over 600 metres of damaged rail track have been removed and the CP Rail Bridge is in the process of being dismantled to allow for safer river flow through the town
- More than 22 Olympic-sized swimming pools of material have been scraped to re-establish the safe flow of the Highwood River
For up-to-date information on road closures, visit the Transportation website’s interactive map.
Visit AlbertaParks.ca for up-to-date information on the status of provincial parks.