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Alberta government meets with residents affected by last summer’s flood

January 8, 2016   by The Canadian Press

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CHESTERMERE, Alta. – The Alberta government is beginning to meet with residents affected by a massive rain and hail storm which flooded streets in Chestermere last July.

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee told Chestermere residents the $9 million program will deal with uninsurable losses

Residents in Chestermere and Rocky View County will have until March 16 to apply for disaster relief funding because of last summer’s storm.

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee told residents the $9 million program will deal with uninsurable losses.

She promises the reviews will be done on a case-by-case basis.

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Larivee, who’s from Slave Lake, says she understands the stress that residents are going through because she had to deal with the fallout from the massive fire there a few years ago.

Resident Brenda Weisenburger says there’s a concern that insurance may not cover total damage and is hoping to find out if the province will step in.

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“Neighbours did have an issue as they have coverage of $35,000 and $50,000,” she said following the meeting. “That doesn’t go very far when you have to re-do your house.”

Larivee told residents she hopes disaster relief funding will help them.

“I hope we can relieve some of the anxiety and stress caused by the storm,” Larivee said.