Advertisement

Red Cross says more than $31 million donated for flood relief in Alberta

A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013. Many cite extreme weather events such as this as proof of climate change.
A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013. Many cite extreme weather events such as this as proof of climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CALGARY – The Canadian Red Cross is updating Albertans on their flood recovery efforts in the province, saying they have raised a whopping $31.8 million so far.

The group says one third ($9.5 million) has been spent on relief efforts and early recovery assistance.

Those funds were used for things like distributing relief supplies, managing shelters and supporting more than 98,000 people who used call centres and registration services.

The Red Cross has distributed more than 945,000 relief supplies to impacted Albertans, and say 1,000 volunteers have come from across Canada to help out.

The group is encouraging anyone still recovering from the flooding which devastated southern Alberta in June to contact them.

The agency says recovering from a disaster can take weeks, months or in some cases years, and they will be providing long-term recovery assistance for those impacted.

Story continues below advertisement

The Red Cross focuses on helping flood victims with their current needs, not recovering their losses.

They can offer things like assistance with rent/mortgage and utility payments, household goods and repair, school needs, transportation, medical equipment, childcare assistance and occupational items to help people return to work.

Those affected by the Alberta Floods who still have ongoing needs can contact the Canadian Red Cross at one of the following numbers, based on their residence at the time of the disaster:
• Siksika Nation and Stoney Nakoda Nation residents: 403-462-4801
• High River residents: 403-652-3689
• Individuals from all other areas affected by the floods, including Calgary: 403-261-6200