A High River couple is hoping Mayor Craig Snodgrass is successful in getting the Province to return homes to the Town of High River so they can have some neighbours again.
Charles and Betty Ann Stimson have been a bit lonely at their end of Highview Park N.W.
They live in a duplex in which one half was in the flood way, and the other half is in the flood fringe.
After the flood the province bought up eight of the duplexes on the street and more homes on Riverside Drive.
Mayor Craig Snodgrass recently sent a letter to the Province asking them to release these home from the Southern Alberta Floodway Response Program, adding they were minimally impacted during the flood and with the new berms now in place they now have a great deal of protection.
“Dealing with the government was more stressful than the flood,” said Betty Ann. “With the flood you saw what happened, you knew what needed to be done, with the government we have yet to get two of the same stories from any one of these people.”
Their duplex wasn't damaged by water from the flood, however it was damaged by sewer backup.
They had a lot of advice, and pressure put on them, to sell their unit but they were determined to stay put because they love where they live.
“This is a community and everybody use to look out after each other down here and help each other out and get together for barbecues, that’s gone. Now whether that will come back or not, I hope so."
The couple adds that at least one car drives through the neighbour every day to have a look around.
"At least one car a day of not four or five, that come and slowly drive through here to see what is happening. We know people who would jump at the chance to buy these places and we would love to have them. It is kind of lonely down here."
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