Our Alberta Friends in Need

Posted by Michael Campbell

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MC horz cropped - 2013

MC horz cropped - 2013

  • As of Wednesday, June 26th, the Elbow and Bow rivers are still three times higher than usual.
  • Nearly 100,000 Calgarians were displaced due to flooding in homes and businesses.
  • State of emergency declared on Thursday, June 20th It remains in place until July 4th.
  • Four deaths have been reported due to the floods: three in High RIver and one in Calgary.
  • Initial estimates peg the flooding damage between $3 billion and $5 billion.
  • 25 per cent of flood damage will likely not be covered by insurance.
  • High River has been especially hard hit and as of June 27th residents were not able to return home.
  • Earlier this week Alison Redford announced that displaced residents will be provided with pre-loaded debit cards to help them with their immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases. Those who qualify will receive $1,250 per adult and $500 per child.
  • About 1,000 of Siksikaʼs 6,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Itʼs estimated that the flood damaged about 250 houses, and some of them will likely not be saved. Pre-loaded debit cards will be provided to First Nations members, as well as temporary foreign workers in the province.

Helping Out:

Peterʼs Drive is has been giving free meals to all volunteers and emergency workers

Tim Hortonʼs has an Alberta wild rose donut; proceeds to flood relief

Staff from the Purple Perk in Mission have been giving out free coffee and food to evacuees

The Calgary Stampeders will give proceeds of Fridayʼs 50/50 to the Red Cross.

Volunteers will be at the game to take monetary donations to same

The Calgary Stampede is selling “Hell or High Water” t shirts to raise money for flood relief