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Great Plains opens to flood affected Calgarians

A work camp-like site built in the Great Plains Industrial Park at 68 Avenue S.E. and 57 Street S.E. will house displaced flood victims. .
A work camp-like site built in the Great Plains Industrial Park at 68 Avenue S.E. and 57 Street S.E. will house displaced flood victims. . Global News

A temporary neighbourhood built to help house displaced flood victims officially opened in southeast Calgary on Tuesday.

As many as 700 people will live in the work camp-like site, which was built in the Great Plains Industrial Park.

The site is designed for families who were forced out of their homes after flooding in June, which devastated several communities in southern Alberta.

It includes units for single people and families, and will provide the same amenities as the Saddlebrook temporary neighbourhood in High River, including meals, recreation, laundry and internet access.

People with special needs or disabilities were already welcomed to the community at the start of October.

“The Great Plains temporary neighbourhood will provide another housing option to ensure stability for families while they rebuild and re-establish their lives,” says Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

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On Tuesday, the provincial government outlined the rental rates flood victims will be paying if they are staying in temporary neighbourhoods.

CLICK HERE for more information on rental rates in temporary flood communities.

More than 2,000 Albertans are currently still out of their homes due to the floods, and almost 1,400 are already living in temporary housing.

Albertans impacted by flooding who are in need of temporary housing must register before November 30.

They can register by calling 310-4455 Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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