Exshaw flood victims still waiting for temporary homes

Some displaced flood victims in Exshaw west of Calgary who were expecting to move into their temporary homes this week are being told they will have to wait another week.

Community west of Calgary near the base of the Rockies hard hit by flooding in June

Residents in the community west of Calgary are still not in temporary homes promised by officials. 2:16

Some displaced flood victims in Exshaw west of Calgary who were expecting to move into their temporary homes this week are being told they will have to wait another week. 

The move-in date was originally set for Sept. 1, but after two missed deadlines the trailers are still not ready and it has been pushed back to Oct. 4.

Behind the Lafarge cement plant in Exshaw sits one of the most iconic homes of the Alberta flood. It's best known for a tree that sticks right through the front wall, like it froze mid-action.

The house belongs to Lauren Davison and Chris Manahan who were forced out in the middle of the night during the flood.

Lauren Davison and Chris Manahan are still waiting for a temporary home after floodwaters hit their community west of Calgary in June. (CBC)

"The neighbours woke us up at 1:30 in the morning banging on the door," said Davison.

Within an hour the driveway and front yard were gone, but the inside was hit the worst with mud.

The couple spent the next two months living in a campground inside their friend's RV — cooking outdoors and using the camp showers. 

"It really wasn't called camping, it's called surviving," said Manahan.

Finally they said enough is enough, so the Municipal District of Big Horn moved them to a hotel in Canmore with the promise of a temporary home soon.  

They say adding to the stress is not getting any answers from the province about what will happen to their home or even if they'll be able to rebuild or sell.


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