15 compelling images of High River in the 2013 flood

An aerial view of High River during the June flood. RCMP
Several children stranded by the flood in High River are airlifted to safety./June 20,2013. Global News
Submerged cars sits in the flood waters in High River, Alta. on June 20, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jordan Verlage. Jordan Verlage/The Canadian Press
Tony Walker is reunited with his daughter after she and her mother were brought to safety in a combine rescue in High River on June 21, 2013. Global News
CIBC bank in High River, June 20, 2013. Supplied, Global News
Volunteers fill thousands of sandbags to protect residential areas in High River as the Highwood River overflows its banks in June, 2013. Jill Croteau/Global News
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Two men use a fishing boat to rescue residents from a neighborhood after heavy rains caused flooding, closed roads, and forced evacuation in High River, Alta., Thursday, June 20, 2013.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh.
Kevan Yeats swims after his cat Momo in High River, Alberta. Yeats who gained international fame after leaping from a submerged pickup truck into Alberta floodwaters says he was surprised at how eagerly the feline took to the rushing water. (The Canadian Press/Jordan Verlage) .
Military vehicles lines the street as troops are briefed before heading in to the flood zone in High River, Alta. on Saturday June 22, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jordan Verlage
RCMP officers wear protective masks in High River, on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jordan Verlage.
A child stranded in High River is airlifted to safety by helicopter./June 20, 2013. Global News
Deborah and Jerry Huisman talk as they try to catch a glimpse of their home in High River, Alta., on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Tears streamed down Deborah Huisman's cheeks as she talked Sunday about her dream home on the northern edge of the Alberta community hardest hit by flooding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland.
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Residents begin to return to their homes in High River. Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press
Mud and building contents litter the sidewalk as clean up work commences on downtown places of business in High River, Alberta on Monday, July 1, 2013. Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press
A sign outside a High River school. Global News

Here’s a look “by the numbers” at the impact of the 2013 flood on High River:

13,000 – The number of people ordered to evacuate. Some decided to remain in their homes.

3 – The number of people who drowned in the Highwood River either in or downstream from the town.

150 – The estimated number of people rescued from flooded homes.

430 – The number of Canadian Forces personnel and RCMP officers deployed in rescue efforts.

400 – The estimated number of pets rescued.

3,328 – The number of homes that suffered flood damage.

558 – The number of homes deemed not fit for habitation.

7 – The number of days the town remained off-limits to residents.

529 – The number of guns seized by RCMP in a door to door search. Most were later returned to their owners.

30 – The number of days a boil water advisory was in effect for the neighbourhoods of Sunrise and The Hamptons.

2,050 – The number of truckloads of debris removed from the town.

107 – The number of homes and businesses in the community of Wallaceville offered buyouts at their 2013 assessed value.

31 – The number of homeowners in Beachwood offered buyouts at their 2013 assessed value.

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