12/10/2013 01:18 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST

Alberta Flood Fringe Permit Deadline Extended

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A house is submerged by flood water at a park near the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, Canada June 22, 2013. Water levels have dropped slightly today. AFP PHOTO/DAVE BUSTON (Photo credit should read DAVE BUSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has extended the deadline for homeowners living in flood fringe zones to obtain municipal permits for mitigation work.

The government says some owners hit by severe flooding in southern Alberta last June faced delays out of their control and couldn't get a permit by the end of the year.

They now have until March 31 to obtain the required paperwork.

If they are still unable to get a permit, the government will accept a letter to the Disaster Recovery Program of a homeowner's intent to do the work.

Flood mitigation must be undertaken by residents in flood fringe zones to qualify for government assistance in a future disaster.

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