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Moving back, moving on: Life after the flood in High River Add to ...

It’s been 38 days since the Highwood River breached its banks and plowed through this place. There have been other floods in High River. But this time, the town of 13,000 was hit hard. Yes, Sobeys is now open. Rather appropriately, so is Evelyn’s Memory Lane Café. But these are exceptions. Most of the downtown resembles businesses like the Wales Theatre (est. 1927). Its door is unlocked, its main floor gutted. Other parts of town are in transition – pharmacies and banks operating out of trailers, cleanup crews vacuuming sidewalks, hauling drywall from ruined buildings and throwing whatever they find (teddy bears, filing cabinets) into piles of lumber and nails. And then there are the residents: some have been able to return to their homes for the first time this week, others have moved to temporary housing outside of town. Few have been untouched. Few know exactly what the future holds, as the government debates the best way to handle billions of dollars in damage.

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