MEDICINE HAT — Premier Ed Stelmach apologized Wednesday to people in southern Alberta for not moving more quickly to help them deal with recent flooding.
His Conservative government announced Tuesday more than $200 million to help people, businesses and local governments repair damage.
Communities from Pincher Creek all the way to the Saskatchewan boundary were swamped last month when heavy rains hit the area.
Stelmach says he has told his colleagues they must move more quickly in the future.
“We have an obligation to deal with these catastrophic events. I’ve asked ministers to expedite the process.
“There’s no need to wait that long to give people confidence that, look, this is an emergency, we will help you,” Stelmach said.
There is no word yet on help for farmers hit by the floods.
An announcement is expected later this week.