Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Alberta faces '10-year recovery' after flood: Redford
by Staff Writers
Ottawa (AFP) June 24, 2013

Flood damage was estimated in the billions of dollars Monday as residents of the Canadian city of Calgary and other districts began mopping up after deadly floods which killed three people and forced 100,000 to flee.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford told a press conference that the province has earmarked one billion Canadian dollars (US$954 million) to help displaced persons and to kickstart rebuilding.

The consequence of this unforseen expenditure is that the province would forgo returning to a balanced budget for several years, she said after meeting with Alberta treasury officials.

"The world changed on Thursday" when the flooding hit, Redford said at the announcement.

"We will do what it takes to ensure people have what it takes to rebuild their lives," she said. "This is going to be a tough week but we're going to get through it."

"I don't want to scare people but... we're talking about a 10-year (recovery) plan," Redford added.

The Bank of Montreal in a note to investors meanwhile estimated the flood losses at Can$3-billion to Can$5-billion, including Can$2.25-billion to Can$3.75-billion in insured losses.

Most insurance policies do not cover damage from floods and the federal government has not yet weighed in with an estimate for its share of disaster relief funding.

However Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said: "The federal government will be there in a very significant way."

In recent days heavy rains caused several rivers in western Canada to overflow their banks, and at one point a state of emergency was declared in more than 20 towns, including parts of the provincial capital Calgary.

Three bodies were found Saturday in the town of High River. A fourth person has been reported missing.

The mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, on Monday said almost 75,000 people could return to their homes but added that the city's flooded downtown, where most Canadian oil and gas companies are headquartered, may not be accessible until the middle of the week.

He urged locals to "just go help your neighbor," as news footage showed many people pumping water from flooded basements, shoveling out muck and dumping water-soaked furniture onto curbsides.

Defiant organizers of the Calgary Stampede rodeo also pledged "come hell or high water" to go ahead with the event starting with an annual parade on July 5, as water was still being pumped from the rodeo grounds.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Lourdes closed, 200 evacuated after flash floods
Toulouse, France (AFP) June 18, 2013
French authorities Tuesday shut the grotto at Lourdes and evacuated about 200 people following flash floods at the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site. The preventive measure came a day after heavy rain and unseasonal snowfall in the area led to rivers flowing well above their normal levels, even cutting off some roads. "The Sanctuaries are closed," the local prefecture of the Haute-Garonne a ... read more

WIN-T Increment 1 Enables National Guard to Restore Vital Network Communications Following a Disaster

Australia costs from natural disasters to soar: study

Satellite data will be essential to future of groundwater, flood and drought management

China work safety probe finds 'many' problems: official

Noble gases hitch a ride on hydrous minerals

'Chemical architects' build materials with potential applications in drug delivery and gas storage

Researchers Propose New Method for Achieving Nonlinear Optical Effects

Unexpected behavior of well-known catalysts

Fiji's Air Pacific bans 'unsustainable' shark fins

Ups-and-downs of Indian monsoon rainfall likely to increase under warming

Looking at sachet water consumption in Ghana

Natural Underwater Springs Show How Coral Reefs Respond to Ocean Acidification

The rhythm of the Arctic summer

Global cooling as significant as global warming

Warm ocean drives most Antarctic ice shelf loss

Jet stream changes cause climatically exceptional Greenland Ice Sheet melt

Pesticides tainting traditional China herbs: Greenpeace

Research suggests plants capable of employing quantum physics

Talks on EU agriculture policy reforms in make-or-break stage

African palm oil makers hit back at global 'smear campaign'

India flood rescue ops intensify, up to 1,000 feared dead

Flooding in Canada forces evacuation in another city

Tropical storm Barry kills three in Mexico

Alberta faces '10-year recovery' after flood: Redford

Uganda president's son denies plan to succeed father

Africa juggles East and West, as Obama comes to visit

In Ghana's gold country, Chinese miners flee crackdown

DEA boosts fight against West African narco-terrorists

New frontier for cybersecurity: your body

What do memories look like?

Professor finds prehistoric rock art connected; maps cosmological belief

New research backs theory that genetic 'switches' play big role in human evolution

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement