Social agencies deal with aftermath of floods

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 25, 2014 - 2:33 PM |
CALGARY - Social agencies are reporting an increase in domestic violence and a need for more counselling a year after the devastating floods destroyed parts of southern Alberta.

Robbie Babins-Wagner from the Calgary Counselling Centre says the number of people seeking help was up 14 per cent in the months following the floods.

She says the numbers are still higher than normal and many of the demands for help are a result of domestic violence.

Babins-Wagner says the effects of the flooding could continue to affect people for years.

Alberta Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar (MUN'-meet BYOO'-lahr) says last year's floods resulted in personal trauma for families and individuals.

The government says a total of $2.08 million will be spent over the next two years to help agencies that deal with family violence and abuse as well as those who remain homeless.

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