High River Re-buildDecember 11, 2013 @ 4:34 am
Over the last couple of months we have joined the legion of construction professionals working at re-building in High River, Alberta. For our part, we were contracted Scotiabank to put their branch back in order. The site had been flooded with standing water eighteen inches above the floor level. This was somewhat surprising as the entire mail level sits over two feet above the street level! At the point where we were brought in to re-build, the building’s interior had been stripped back to the bare steel studs, including the walls separating the bank from the furniture store next door.
Despite the deluge of building permit applications that the town office surely has had to deal with, complicated further by the temporary facilities that the town office currently resides in, High River’s building department turned over our building permit in less than forty eight hours. Six weeks later we were pleased to turn over the re-instated Scotiabank to the bank and their clients. In a small way, the lives of the residents of High River take another step towards normalcy. A full recovery from the devastating effects of teh June 2013 floods in Southern Alberta seem impossibly far away. Yet we know, from history and from our contemporaries elsewhere, that we shall both recover and grow from the experience.
We wish better fortunes for all all of those effected by the June Floods.