After High River was evacuated during the 2013 flood, many residents since, say if it ever happens again, they're going to stay in their homes and defy any mandatory evacuation orders.

A response to that is contained in changes to Alberta's Disaster Response Legislation, basically making it clear municipalities wouldn't be responsible for people defying a mandatory evacuation.

High River's Manager of Emergency Management, Peter Genereux, says evacuations are in the public's best interest.

"We as a community and leaders for emergency management will continue to communicate with the public and educate. And also hear the feedback on their experiences so that we can build the system and improve on the system that may have gaps."

Genereux says overall the changes to the legislation are things High River is already doing.

 

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