09/12/2013 03:37 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST

Alberta Asks Ottawa For $500 Million Advance To Help With Flood Costs

CANMORE, CANADA - JUNE 20: Residents watch the flooding Cougar Creek as it takes out Eagle Terrace Road (C) and nears the top of the Elk Run Blvd Bridge June 20, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousnds. (Photo by John Gibson/Getty Images)

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has asked Ottawa for half a billion dollars to help with flood costs.

Municipal Affairs Doug Griffiths put in the request for an advance payment and says he hopes to get it before the end of the year.

Raging waters on June 20 swamped downtown Calgary and its low-lying neighbourhoods and inundated many surrounding communities.

The town of High River was devastated and thousands of residents are still out of their homes.

The Alberta government also gave $27 million last week to six communities that were damaged by flooding.

Premier Alison Redford says the final bill for the flood will be around $5 billion.

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