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Flooding keeps some Alberta residents out of homes

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 19, 2014 - 2:55 PM |
A truck sprays water as its driven through flood waters in Claresholm, Alta., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

A truck sprays water as its driven through flood waters in Claresholm, Alta., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

More than 100 people on the Blood reserve in southern Alberta are out of their homes because of flooding, but officials hope the worst has passed.

Reserve spokesman Rick Tail Feathers says the Belly River, one of three rivers that border the reserve, has crested and hopefully will start to recede.

Tail Feathers says there is quite a bit of damage left behind.

He says there are several houses with flooded basements and roads are still covered with water, which is preventing some evacuees from going home.

Improved forecasts have raised spirits in several other communities, where heavy rainfall had residents worried about flooding.

An Alberta Environment spokesman said Wednesday rainfall was as heavy as predicted, but it wasn't as widespread.

In all, nine communities and municipal districts declared states of local emergency. Another three activated their emergency response plans.

Even with the threat subsiding, the mess left behind is significant.

Claresholm, a town of 3,800 about 130 kilometres south of Calgary, has about 40 damaged homes — some surrounded by water and some swamped. About 250 homes in Lethbridge were affected, most with flooded basements.

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