Medicine Hat flood evacuees start to return home

Officials are allowing the first group of evacuees in Medicine Hat to return to their flooded homes.

MEDICINE HAT — Officials are allowing the first group of evacuees in Medicine Hat to return to their flooded homes.

Ron Robinson, the southeastern Alberta city’s emergency measures director, says inspectors will go in with residents to assess whether their homes are livable.

He says some people may not be allowed to stay if there is still water in the houses or utilities are lacking.

He warns people to be, in his words, “mentally prepared” because some of the damage is severe.

Medicine Hat is the most recent community to have been hit by severe flooding that forced an estimated 100,000 people from their homes in southern Alberta.

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