Province releases numbers on flood recovery

The province is out with some fresh statistics about June’s floods.

More than $170-million in disaster assistance has been provided to 14 municipalities and two first nations, to help them start rebuilding.

Disaster recovery payments so far total $14-million.

More than 1300 people are still being housed in temporary accommodation, including 79 in Calgary’s Great Plains neighbourhood.

So far less than 10 per cent of Albertans who lost their homes in the June floods have decided to accept a government offer to buy them out.

Of the 250 eligible people in the floodway zone, 22 have accepted the offer to move in exchange for cash.

People who live in this zone that was most affected by the devastating floods have until the end of November to apply.

Homeowners who say no to the program and stay put will not be eligible for disaster money if another flood hits.

Of the provincial roads closed because of flood damage, 87 per cent have reopened.

Almost 300 students are learning in portable classrooms in High River, and in Calgary, modulars are being completed for 200 kids.

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