By Kassidy Christensen
The state of emergency has been lifted as of Friday, July 12 for High River.
This means the province will hand the responsibility back over to the town mayor and council.
Minister of High River Rick Fraser has seen all the hard work put in by community members and cannot be more proud of the effort put in by volunteers.
“It’s the strength you can see that brought us through this emergency and so we will be lifting it on July 12,” said Fraser.
Once the town assumes responsibility once again, the provincial government will stay by its side and continue to fully support it along the way.
Fraser will be setting up an office of his own in town once a space becomes available.
“We’re going to be here for the long term,” said Fraser.
The initial emergency part is over, said Fraser. Coming away from that perspective, a new one needs to be taken on the rebuilding and recovery of the town.
“It’s an opportunity for us to be stronger moving forward and again I’m proud to be part of that,” said Fraser.
Fraser encourages residents to go out and enjoy the summer as much as possible.
“People should go out and enjoy the summer because we know that the work is going to continue, it doesn’t get any easier but the people of High River can do it,” said Fraser.