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Exshaw calls for more flood cleanup volunteers

The flood-ravaged hamlet of Exshaw, west of Calgary, is putting out the call for more volunteers.

75 per cent of the mountain community's homes were flooded in the June disaster

At least one place in the badly-flooded hamlet of Exshaw is high and dry, on top of this house. Exshaw still needs volunteers, community members say. (Elizabeth Snaddon/CBC)

The flood-ravaged hamlet of Exshaw, west of Calgary, is putting out the call for more volunteers.     

Exshaw resident Bob Collins says he's grateful for the help he has received from volunteers. (CBC)

There is still a lot of cleaning to do as 150 out of 200 homes in the mountain community are deluged with mud and silt, said Municipal District of Bighorn spokesperson Mandie Crawford.

"Sometimes interest falls off because they think it looks like it's almost done, but there's so much to be done it's going to take a long time," she said.

Reeve Dene Cooper said the community is very thankful for the 300 people who have already helped.      

Now officials are asking people to call ahead so that the remaining work can be organized.

"It doesn't take long to register and it is a very important process for us and I think we will be able to keep the volunteers more than busy," he said.

Since the flood, more than 50 loads of debris have been hauled out of Bob Collins’s yard. He said he’s grateful for the help he has received.

"If anyone's not doing anything, the more the merrier and lots of hands make light work, so absolutely we won't turn anyone away," he said.

The volunteer line is listed on the website of the Municipal District of Bighorn.