08/02/2013 10:30 EDT | Updated 10/02/2013 05:12 EDT

Wildrose Call For Alberta Flood Public Inquiry Shrugged Off By Government


EDMONTON - The Alberta government is dismissing a call from Opposition Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith for a judge-led public inquiry into June's devastating flood.

Smith has written to Premier Alison Redford, saying she has several questions about flood preparedness, early warning procedures and communications during and after the disaster.

She says while the government made the right moves in many areas of the flood response, there were still significant failures in key spots that have left Albertans frustrated and confused.

Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths says he doesn’t see what Smith hopes to accomplish with a probe.

Griffiths says public inquiries could take years of work and cost millions of dollars that he would rather spend rebuilding damaged communities.

Alberta's auditor general has already said he will look into how the province responded to the record flooding and how it plans to mitigate similar disasters in the future.

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