10/28/2011 01:35 EDT | Updated 12/28/2011 05:12 EST

Alberta looking for outside expert to review government response to 2010 floods

EDMONTON - Alberta wants to know how well it helped people who suffered financially from major floods in 2010.

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency has issued a request for proposals for an independent expert to review its disaster recovery program.

The review is to look at how well staff processed claims from people, businesses and municipalities for uninsurable flood losses.

During floods in southern Alberta last year hundreds of people complained that the government was too slow processing more than $40 million in compensation claims.

The government says it wants the review to start by mid-December and wrap up in March, including a report with recommendations for improvement.

The review will also look at the government's response to flood claims in the County of Vermilion River and in central Alberta.