Alberta government approves $1 billion for flood relief; evacuation order lifted for many Calgarians
CALGARY, MEDICINE HAT, Alta. and TORONTO – The Alberta government has approved $1 billion for the first phase of emergency recovery and reconstruction funding for southern Alberta residents. The announcement comes after news that apart from Calgary’s downtown core and one neighbourhood block, evacuation orders were lifted for homes across the city.
“Yesterday, we promised that our government would take steps to help the more than 100,000 displaced Albertans that were affected by this flood,” said Premier Alison Redford in a release. “Today we’re taking action.”
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WATCH: Calgary mayor said the province’s announcement is a wonderful start, but he suspects the final damage costs will be much higher
The long clean-up process has begun, and Calgarians have been advised to stay out of the downtown core Monday and Tuesday to allow work to continue. The mayor didn’t think anyone would be returning to work downtown until at least the middle of the week
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