Stettler pitches in to assist flood victims

While local communities in Stettler, Castor and Bashaw have been unscathed by major flooding that has hit a widespread part

Cass Docherty (left)

While local communities in Stettler, Castor and Bashaw have been unscathed by major flooding that has hit a widespread part of southern Alberta and Calgary, the Stettler hospital became home for many continuing-care patients from Drumheller this week.

About 30 patients were relocated to Stettler last Saturday from Drumheller Health Centre as a precautionary measure, as the Red Deer River was threatening — though waters were receding early Monday morning.

Stettler was one of many hospitals used as 19 acute-care patients and 86 continuing-care residents from Drumheller were relocated to other centres in central Alberta.

Residents were expected to return to Drumheller by mid-week, as levels of rivers continue to recede and community residents were allowed to re-enter their homes.

“Our thoughts are with all of the Albertans and emergency responders in these communities,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths, MLA for Battle Rive-Wainwright, in a news release.

“We are doing everything we can to support local responses to the flooding and are prepared to assist wherever necessary,” said the former MLA for Castor and former teacher at Byemoor School, now representing a riding that includes Bashaw.

Griffiths provided provincial leadership as the flood swept into Calgary and other areas that were evacuated.

Many local businesses and organizations have initiated steps to support victims and communities.

Heartland Youth Centre staged a bake sale Monday morning and raised $941 for the flood victims in High River, Calgary and elsewhere.

Boston Pizza in Stettler has started to accept donations of blankets, clothing and non-perishable food items.

Sobeys and Wal-Mart also welcome donations, along with ATB Financial and other local businesses.

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