Calgary

Displaced flood victims feel forgotten

Most Calgarians displaced by the flood in June have returned home, but some are still waiting — and feeling a little ignored.

Some Calgarians still out of their flood-damaged homes

Most Calgarians displaced by the flood in June have returned home, but some are still waiting. 1:53

Most Calgarians displaced by the flood in June have returned home, but some are still waiting — and feeling a little ignored.

The disaster forced Geoffrey Smith out of his Mission apartment building, where eight of 32 units were destroyed by floodwaters.

Smith said his long wait to return home has been drawn out even more by delays in getting the building fixed.

"It's a series of very unfortunate events after a devastating event," he said.

Between being shut out of his home and starting a master's degree program at university, it has been a challenging summer, Smith said.

"A bit of a rough go of it, you know, staying with friends. But I try to keep positive about it," he said.

Smith said it seems most people have forgotten that there are still Calgarians out of their homes.

According to the city, 31 families are still displaced. But that figure does not include people like Smith who are still staying with friends or relatives.

Red Cross spokeswoman Sue Higgins said the organization has switched gears to help local people with individualized programs.

"What we have now transitioned to is meeting with people face-to-face. Because at this stage that's really where we're finding... these are the more serious cases that really do require that face-to-face time," she said.

The Red Cross has been helping with groceries and in some cases even the damage deposits or first-month’s rent to help people who are still displaced, Higgins said.