Flood Damage Assessed in Southern Alberta

High River
High River Alberta - Kananaskis Country
High River
High River Alberta – Kananaskis Country

HIGH RIVER – Across Southern Alberta, damage from the flood waters is still being assessed. Across the region the damage, as the waters is massive.

The popular recreational area, Kananaskis Country just to the west of Calgary has been seriously impacted with damages.

In the Kananaskis Valley the iconic 36 hole golf courses will be closed for the rest of the season. The impact on tourism of this damage will be massive. There are three hotels in the Kananaskis Village. It is likely the losses for tourism will be in the millions.

High River Damage

The town of High River has been badly damaged. RCMP have continued to keep residents out of the community. A patrol to rescue pets is underway in the town.

RCMP have been providing regular updates.

First Nations Impacted

The First Nations communities which were not initially reported for damages have seen some damage as well, ranging from minor to very serious.

In Morley Alberta, initially damages were expressed as serious. However the RCMP report that is not the case. The RCMP have become aware of erroneous reports that there has been large scale destruction on the Morley First Nation. Cochrane RCMP Detachment has an officer on site in Morley at the command center working with the Director of Emergency Services.

The current status of the Morley First Nation is that the community has not been affected by flooding from Bow River. The issues on Morley First Nation stem from rain water washing out some remote roads, sewer back up and some basement flooding. The situation is improving.

Far worse is the damage in the Siksika First Nation located about 100 km east of Calgary. One thousand people have been forced from their homes. The damage has been continuing since Friday when the Bow River overflowed its banks.

Chief Rabbit Carrier is expressing concern about how the community will recover.

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