High River Photos: Residents Return To Devastation (VIDEO)

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It's an emotional move back for 5,000 High River residents forced from their homes nearly 10 days ago.

It's been 10 days filled with uncertainty, fear, anger and frustration for residents of the community hardest hit by the Alberta floods.

Some were arrested for refusing the evacuation order, some residents are angry that Mounties entered their homes and took control of their firearms, all just want to get back home and rescue what they can.

Virtually the entire town was put on a forced evacuation order after the Highwood River crested. Large swaths of the town are still under water today.

But over the weekend, the first 5,000 of the town's 13,000 residents were allowed back into their homes, which were located in the least affected areas of High River, approximately 30 km south of Calgary.

A few were fortunate - they found their homes unscathed. But for many, a long and difficult way back to normalcy lies ahead.

The next bunch of evacuees are expected to be let back into their homes next weekend. The province says it may be at least four to five weeks before all High River residents are allowed to return.

Those who were allowed to return were greeted by still flooded streets and a changed landscape.

The Town of High River said on Sunday it was pumping 40,000 gallons of water per minute in the east side of the town. Those levels of pumping were expected to continue for the duration of the day, the town said.

Emergency crews still roam and bundles of flood-damaged goods are beginning to pile up on High River streets.

Click through the gallery below to see what High River looks like today, 10 days after the flood.

High River Residents Return
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