The Town of High River outlines criteria before residents can safely return home

Health and safety is a top priority

HIGH RIVER, AB, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - High River is still under mandatory evacuation and it is not safe for residents to return home. The Town has released criteria that must be met to ensure the health and safety of people.

"We know that people want to come home, but it's just not safe," said Mayor Emile Blokland. "We need to make sure that our water is clean, roads are open and electricity, gas, plumbing, food and healthcare are in place before we start implementing a re-entry plan."

The Town has outlined criteria that must be met to allow re-entry:

  • Water and sewage systems are functional.
  • Clean and safe running water is available for all residents.
  • Essential services including all utilities, 911 emergency number and protective services are in place as declared by the Emergency Operation Centre.
  • Perimeter fences are in place for high risk properties.
  • Roads are safe, clear and open.
  • All homes are inspected, classified and cleared by inspector for residents to live safely.
  • Emergency and acute health care services are available through Alberta Health Services, and
  • Re-entry support including temporary housing and the High River Welcome Centre are declared open by the Emergency Operation Centre.


SOURCE: Town of High River

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