ALBERTA

Alberta Flood-Area Building Rules May Change, Says Redford

07/11/2013 03:51 EDT | Updated 09/10/2013 05:12 EDT
The Alberta government may adopt new rules to deal with building in flood-prone areas, Premier Alison Redford said Thursday.

“It doesn’t matter where you live in this province, we cannot continue, as a provincial government, to say to people, ‘It’s okay to build in a floodway’ — it’s not the right decision,” said Redford.

“We think that if people have the information with respect to that they’ll make constructive choices, take responsibility for their life and move ahead.”

The premier insisted decisions should be made quickly so residents have the information before rebuilding.

High River recovery

Redford also addressed recovery efforts in High River, Alta.

The provincial state of emergency ends Friday, but Redford said the town will still be under a local state of emergency as it rebuilds.

Much work is still needed, but the local government can now lead the effort, she said.

"I'm very confident moving forward that tomorrow morning, people can continue to know that all the systems are in place that are going to ensure that everything carries on as effectively as it has before."

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