High River Flooding – One Year Later

High River Flooding – One Year Later

In the days leading up to 20 June 2013, Alberta experienced heavy rainfall that triggered catastrophic flooding described by the provincial government as the worst in the province's history. Twenty-eight emergency operations centres were activated as water levels rose, and numerous communities were placed under evacuation orders.

Four people were confirmed dead as a direct result of the flooding and more than 100,000 people were displaced from their homes. Some 2,200 Canadian Armed Forces troops were deployed to help in flooded areas. Total damage estimates exceeded $5 billion--the costliest disaster in Canadian history.
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Receding waters gave way to a mammoth cleanup of affected areas as numberous homeowners were aided by a spontaneous of complete strangers - many of them volunteers from 'Mormon Helping Hands.'

An April 2014 message by Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy is also applicable to the Saints and citizens of the High River area: “Reaching out to rescue one another, under any condition, is an eternal measure of love.
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“Often we are given the opportunity to help others in their time of need. As members of the Church, we each have the sacred responsibility to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light, to mourn with those that mourn, and to lift up the hands which hand down and strengthen the feeble knees.

“Brothers and sisters, how grateful the Lord is for each and every one of you, for the countless hours and act of service, whether large or small, you so generously and graciously give each day.”
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Now, one year after the catastrophe, Latter-day Saints have compiled moving written accounts of their faith in the face of the disaster.  The following are some featured stories of High River Church members, plus an account of many area members' personal experiences.

Paula Baril                     John and Valerie Battrum                Martine Leavitt