06/16/2015 07:55 EDT | Updated 06/17/2016 05:59 EDT

Alberta Flood Victims Still Need Red Cross Help Nearly 2 Years Later

Carol Armstrong, left, and Don Armstrong sort through water-damaged photographs as they help clean their son's home in Rideau Park after flooding in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Monday, June 24, 2013. Water levels in Calgary subsided and crews are working to restore power as officials confirmed a fourth fatality in the worst flood in Alberta's history. Photographer: Keith Morison/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CALGARY - The Canadian Red Cross says it’s still busy helping those affected by the flood in southern Alberta nearly two years ago.

It released a progress report Wednesday on the work done so far across the region.

Provincial director Jenn McManus said there’s no one challenge that sticks out in her mind as most prevalent with their clients.

She says the Red Cross has spent $36.2 million of the $43.3 million raised, helping approximately 7,700 families.

McManus says there are some families that still need affordable, safe shelter, and there are many who still have high levels of emotional stress.

Flooding in June 2013 in Calgary and southern Alberta caused more than $5 billion in damage and has been called Canada's costliest disaster.

Four people died, nearly 75,000 were evacuated in Calgary and the entire town of High River was also forced out of their homes.

“There’s emotional supports, we’re still making referrals for clinical emotional supports to families and individuals, we’re being asked to assist with mortgage and financial realities that are unfolding still, we’re helping individuals and families navigate DRP and their insurance scenarios,” McManus said.

She also said there’s no one region where these problems exist, rather they span from downtown Calgary and High River to First Nations and Bow Valley communities.


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