No smoking, no alcohol, no pets, no inappropriate clothing and a quiet time is enforced past 10:30 p.m. Those are the rules that have been put in place for about 50 Siksika First Nation flood evacuees who are living in temporary shelters established by the province of Alberta.
More than a third of the reserve’s 3,000 residents were affected by the unprecedented flood waters that swept through Calgary, High River, Canmore and other outlying floodplains in June.
While much of the province recovered quickly from the catastrophe, progress on the reserve, located about an hour’s drive east of Calgary, has been slow, with some of the displaced residents still camping weeks after waters abated.
To meet the need for housing, the province contracted with ATCO, a utilities company that provides logistics and housing to Alberta’s oil and gas sector. Trailers with enough room to accommodate 100 people — including families…
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