The increase in staff to handle claims

“As certain as we’re standing here today, we all know that floods are going to happen again in southern Alberta.”

However, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi complained Friday that his city’s flood experts and policy makers were not consulted and said the premier’s announcement “represents a significant departure from previous policy.”

“The premier, just yesterday, announced he would be treating municipalities as true partners,” Nenshi said in a statement posted to the mayor’s website. “We look forward to that.”

The mayor said while he is happy at the increase in staff to handle claims, “we hope that when processing these appeals, the provincial government will address the legitimate concerns that have been raised by flood-affected families and that their claims will be re-assessed properly, fairly and quickly.”

The government said that more than 10,500 claims were made after the flooding in June 2013.

More than 8,000 claims have since been settled, but Prentice said he wants the rest wrapped up by the end of the year.

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