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High River Flood Victims Protest At Premier Alison Redford's Office

07/29/2013 11:48 EDT | Updated 09/28/2013 05:12 EDT
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CALGARY - Residents of one neighbourhood in High River, Alta., that was sacrificed in last month's flooding to save the rest of the town have staged a protest at the Calgary office of Premier Alison Redford.

About 50 residents of the Hamptons say they’ve been getting the runaround ever since returning to their flooded homes, many of which have been condemned.

The homes were swamped when a berm was built to try and salvage hundreds of other homes.

Protest spokesman Joel Windsor says they want two things — for Redford to come and see what’s going on for herself, and they want the option of a buyout.

Windsor says while the government tells residents to rebuild, they’re hearing from others that they shouldn’t rebuild because of the contaminants in the soil.

Miguel Rodriguez says remediation just isn't a viable option.

“The house was submerged in two feet of water for 18 days, mould growing everywhere, all the wood on the floor looks black and is warping," he says. "I don’t even know how you can even begin to remediate something like that.”

He says he wants to relocate or rebuild but hasn't heard anything from the Redford government.

On Sunday, the government announced new details to its flood assistance program.

It said homeowners and small businesses can expect repairs or rebuilds, but at basic levels of finish.

That means homeowners will be compensated for basic quality carpet and laminate counter tops, but not hardfood floors or granite.

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