Alberta issues a boil water advisory for flooded areas

A group of Ministers, government officials, and MLAs are going to southern Alberta to inspect the extent of the flooding damage, to meet residents, and to reassure communities that the government will provide support as needed.

The Honourable Doug Horner, Deputy Premier, the Honourable Rob Renner, Minister of Environment, and the Honourable Jack Hayden, Minister of Agriculture will be in Medicine Hat at 4:00 p.m. today (June 19, 2010). There, they will be joined by local MLAs and emergency response staff for a tour of the most severely affected areas.

The Province’s Disaster Recovery Program helps communities, municipalities and individuals get back on their feet after a disaster has passed.

Residents who are being impacted by this flooding are being encouraged to take the necessary steps to ensure their safety and protect their property. They are also being encouraged to notify their municipality that they are experiencing flooding, to take pictures of damages, document steps taken and clean-up activities to assist program staff if a Disaster Recovery Program is approved.

Environment staff are working closely with municipalities to ensure they are given as much notification as possible of potential increases to river levels.

Alberta Health Services has issued a boil water advisory as high levels of sediment in the water are preventing adequate treatment of the community’s water to ensure safe drinking water.

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