May 14, 2014 12:39 pm

Calgarians asked to pitch in again to help High River

Volunteers and residents mobilize to help with the High River cleanup after the June flood. Tom Reynolds/Global News

CALGARY- After last June’s devastating flood destroyed much of the town of High River, busloads of Calgarians arrived to help with the relief and cleanup efforts.

Now Calgarians are being asked to come to the town’s aid again.

Samaritan’s Purse and Habitat for Humanity are organizing a spring cleanup.

They’re hoping hundreds of volunteers will turn out to spruce up the town by cleaning yards and planting grass, flowers and shrubs.

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Frank King of Samaritan’s Purse says with many people still dealing with the flood fallout, the town needs help.

“In some ways, it’s psychological. Part of it is a pick-me-up.”

Volunteers are needed for three Saturdays: May 31, June 7 and June 21.

Click here to learn more or to register.

The High River Spring Clean-up Days are part of Samaritan’s Purse long-term restoration project that is helping as many as 70 families in both High River and Calgary to repair or rebuild their homes.

“Most southern Albertans have no idea how much flood repair work still needs to be done,” says Mona Hayes, whose home in Calgary along the Elbow River was destroyed.

“People don’t realize—they think everything’s okay. But our hour of need is now.”

Volunteers are needed over the summer and fall to help with everything from insulating basements to rebuilding homes from the ground up.

Learn more about the restoration project here.

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