Relief is on the way for people and organizations hit when the Rosebud River overflowed its banks in the Drumheller Valley and Kneehill County.
 

The Alberta Government has announced $29 million to aid victims of the 2018 spring floods all across south and south central Alberta.

"There's 19 southern Alberta communities that will be receiving funding for the spring flooding, but also some from municipal wildfires," reported Shae Anderson, Alberta's Municipal Affairs Minister. "The Town of Drumheller will be getting $655,000 and Kneehill County will be getting $3.9 million."

The money will cover damage ranging from washed out roads and bridges, to private properties including at least one home and the Wayne Community Centre.

"Program centres will be set up in the communities to assist individuals, whether it's home owners, tenants, small business and ag operations, to apply through the process," outlined Anderson.

He added the process will probably take a couple of months because of the paperwork and fact checking required to process claims. However, he said some of the groundwork is already done.

"We did have Alberta Emergency Management personnel on the ground, and then you get regional representatives from Alberta Environment and Parks as well," he told Drum FM. "I think the fact that they communicate so closely is why we get people out there so promptly."

In addition to Drumheller and Kneehill County, the Village of Beiseker gets close to $1 million to help cover damage from overland flooding last spring. Wheatland County is also due some disaster money, $245,000 to compensate for wildfire damage this spring and summer.

For more information on the latest disaster relief program, follow this link.

River Laffin 3Carbon was one of the hardest hit communities. Photo courtesy Holly Laffin.

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