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Posted on: May 12, 2022

Town of High Level continues to assist flooding evacuees

Town of High Level continues to assist flooding evacuees

The Town of High Level has been working to assist the Dene Tha’ First Nation in their efforts to provide support for their residents of Chateh and Meander River.

Ruth Rolfe, Director of Community Services, provided an update to High Level Council during a special meeting on Wednesday, May 11 in the early afternoon. The video of that meeting is available on the Town’s Facebook page.

Flooding in northern Alberta has seen some 1,100 people evacuated from Chateh and Meander River, while some residents in Jon D’Or Prairie are on flood watches to leave at a moment’s notice. Additionally, flooding has affected homes in Paddle Prairie south of High Level.

The Town’s emergency Social Services have been engaged since Sunday, May 8, assisting the Dene Tha’ with registering evacuees as they arrive in Bushe River. Most of those affected by flooding are staying in hotels in High Level. 

The Town opened the arena to assist with registration overflow and to provide shelter and supplies to a number of evacuees while they were awaiting placement. Some of those people have since been moved to Rainbow Lake, while a small number remain at the arena awaiting placement. 

The situation has been greatly assisted by local businesses and individuals donating time, personal effects, and food and water. The Town of High Level is grateful for the assistance in this manner and is proud of the selfless spirit shown by local volunteers. 

“It’s wonderful to see all these different organizations and people stepping up,” Rolfe said.

Donations are being coordinated by Jordan Asels (780-841-9097) for organizations or individuals who want to donate or any evacuees in need of clothing or personal items. A makeshift donation centre is located at the old RCMP building beside the CIBC (10010 100 Avenue).

While the efforts to assist the evacuees are currently being well addressed, the situation highlights the dire need of the Town of High Level as the evacuation centre for the region and the central hub of commerce, healthcare, and government to have a proper evacuation centre, such as the Town’s plans for a Multi Purpose Facility.