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Updated: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:16:05 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Brace for shock, flood-ravaged High River residents warned

Brace for shock, flood-ravaged High River residents warned

Residents still out of their homes in flood-ravaged High River, Alta., are being warned to prepare for shock.

People in many of the hardest hit areas of the southern Alberta town are being allowed to go into their homes to retrieve belongings, such as photographs and passports. In some areas, there will be bus tours.

Many homes, however, have been underwater for more than a week, and there is likely to be major structural damage, warned Rick Fraser, associate minister of regional recovery and reconstruction.

The community's Sunshine Meadows area will open at 4 p.m. MT, but officials are warning that it is still unsafe.

People need to get an assessment from an engineer before they enter and must be aware of the risks, said Fraser.

The Hamptons area will be a restricted access zone.

Cleanup help

The province has established a shuttle service to take volunteers in Calgary to High River to help with the cleanup.

Shuttles were to leave from Mount Royal University and Bishop O'Byrne High School in Shawnessy every two hours, starting at 9 a.m. MT. The last shuttle from Calgary to High River leaves at 4 p.m. MT, and the last shuttle from High River leaves at 9 p.m. MT.

Volunteers were asked to bring their own supplies including rubber gloves, boots, shovels and garbage bags.

A camp is being built for displaced High River residents inside Calgary's city limits in a southeast industrial park.

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