Officials: Mould so bad in some High River homes, residents will never be allowed back
CALGARY- The bad news continues in the town of High River, which was ravaged by the June flood.
On Friday, dozens of residents learned that they will never be allowed back into their home, due to toxic conditions.
The hardest hit area was the Hampton Hills neighbourhood, and most of those residents haven’t been allowed to set foot in their homes—despite three weeks passing since the flood.
“The basements in most of the areas that we’ve cleared so far still have significant amounts of water and they have significant amounts of mould,” says Dr. James Talbot, chief medical officer of health. “By significant, I mean ordinarily if this were an individual home for remediation, public health would be recommending that the mould remediation be done by experts.”
A community information expo was held Friday afternoon, designed to give affected residents an idea of the rebuilding process their facing. Some, however, feel they have no hope left.
“We have no home, no home,” cries Deborah Huisman, who was evacuated from Hampton Hills. “After 40 years we have no home.”
Of 113 homes that public health inspectors have assessed, 25 cannot be accessed. People are only allowed in to 32 of them for half an hour, while 58 can only be accessed for an hour.