04/04/2014 05:54 EDT | Updated 06/04/2014 05:59 EDT

Alberta town devastated by flooding gets new alert system

HIGH RIVER, Alta. - An emergency mass notification system is in place for a southern Alberta town devastated by flooding last spring.

Residents of High River, south of Calgary, can register to be contacted by phone, email or text message any time an emergency warning is issued.

The system will be used to give people a heads-up about severe weather or public safety issues involving utilities, fires, police matters and transportation.

Mayor Craig Snodgrass says the $10,000 cost is worth it.

The entire community of High River was evacuated last June when it was inundated by rising water from the Highwood River.

(CHQR, The Canadian Press)