June 21, 2013 10:02 am
Updated: June 21, 2013 3:12 pm

Canadian Forces says 31 people pulled from rooftops in southern Alberta

Houses damaged along the edge of Cougar Creek are shown June 20, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousands.

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CALGARY – The Canadian Forces says it has pulled 31 people off rooftops in southern Alberta.

Three helicopters were used last night to rescue the people stranded in the flooded High River area, south of Calgary.

They were taken to the local airport.

A spokesperson for Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the choppers have been monitoring the area, including Canmore, High River and Kananaskis.

It is expected that 354 soldiers will be sent over the next 24 hours to help flood victims in the region.

Another six helicopters are also en route.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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