High River Clean-Up Days

Grab your friends and help bring the beauty back to the town of High River by volunteering during High River Spring Clean-Up Days.

Joanne Harris was gone hiking when last June’s flood waters overwhelmed her 94-year-old home in High River. By the time she was able to return to the single-storey structure more than a day later, there were two meters of water and flood debris in her basement. The damage—including some to the main level—was so severe that officials soon posted a sign on her house saying “Not Fit for Habitation.”

Almost a year later, Harris’ beloved home is still unfit for human habitation. Samaritan’s Purse has repaired some windows, but the bulk of the restoration work—estimated at as much as $185,000—is waiting for direction from her insurance company, the provincial government, and other agencies.

Jeff HR May 31Meanwhile, Harris, a Registered Nurse, is renting a condo on the other side of town. When she comes back to visit her house, she can’t go inside. Even seeing the outside has been discouraging. The lawn and gardens have been covered in patches of rock-hard mud, clay, and other debris from the flood. But last Saturday, a team of Samaritan’s Purse volunteers arrived to clean things up. They spent the day removing the mud and clay, cutting the lawn, and temporarily removing flowers and other plants so they won’t be damaged during the home’s reconstruction, and can be replanted there later.

Although it will still be a long time before Harris can re-occupy her home, having a restored yard has lifted her spirits.

“It’s wonderful to have the yard cleared up,” she told us. A longtime Operation Christmas Child supporter, Harris said: “I know all about Samaritan’s Purse. I didn’t think I’d ever be a recipient (of the organization’s Disaster Relief assistance work) but I’m glad I am.”

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