High River residents to learn Friday when they might return home

Residents from High River who have been out of there homes for a week will learn about the town’s plan for re-entry Friday at 12:30 p.m. MST.

The town’s 13,000 residents have been under a mandatory evacuation order since Thursday, June 20 when the Highwood River flooded, covering much of the town in water.

High River Mayor Emile Blokland made the announcement at the town’s high school, which has been turned into a temporary staging area for RCMP and other officials who are making the town safe for residents to return.

The re-entry plan will be in stages, with those in the lesser effected areas allowed in first.

Also on Thursday, the province announced that it has given High River $50 million, the first of the money the Alberta government has pledged to aid in flood clean up and rebuilding. The money is part of a total $1B in flood aid pledged by the province.