June 19, 2014 6:19 pm

Blood Tribe hard hit by southern Alberta flooding

CALGARY- The Red Cross has arrived on the Blood Reserve south of Lethbridge, where the community has been hard hit by flooding.

Several roads have been washed out, cutting off access to a number of homes. Some families didn’t have time to grab any possessions before fleeing.

“We didn’t have time for that, because [water] was coming through the basement so fast,” evacuee Wilam Crow Chief says.

“The Blood Tribe has probably suffered the most significant impacts,” adds Stephen Carr from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. “There are about 350 members of that tribe that have had to be evacuated.”

So far, 141 people have registered as evacuees, and the tribe council has set up a flood centre to take them all in. Others are staying with family or in hotels.

Officials from the Blood Tribe Reserve say if the weather improves, the local State of Emergency could be lifted later this weekend.

Anyone requiring additional information is asked to call the Flood Reception Centre at 403-737-3868.

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