On March 18, 2017 some residents of Rosedale saw their worst fears come true as an ice jam on the Rosebud River flooded homes near where it empties into the Red Deer River.
A number of properties were flooded, including a campground, and one resident lost everything when his house caught fire as it was being aired out after the flood.
Now, an Order in Council from the Alberta Government has ruled that at least some of those losses qualify as a disaster under provincial regulations and are thus liable for compensation.
Chris Bordeau of Alberta Municipal Services says they consider a number of factors.
"Is it an extraordinary event, how many individuals were affected, was there a consequential economic impact, that kind of stuff," he outlined. "And was it an unusual event that involved uninsurable losses?"
"If they meet the criteria, then they would get classified as a disaster, and that allows for us to open up a disaster recovery program for that specific event."
Case managers from the Alberta Disaster Recovery Program visited the valley in the days after the ice jam flood and met with affected residents.
"We have a whole list of things that people can apply for," stated Bordeau. "There's certain documentation they have to provide and then, our Municipal Affairs staff will work with those individuals to determine what they can apply for and the go through and approve what would be covered. At the end of the day, there would be dollars going out to those people."
Director of Protective Services for Drumheller, Greg Peters notes the disaster designation doesn't automatically lead to cheques in the mail, as any expenditures have to be approved by the Treasury Board. There's no timeline for that yet.