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JULY 17, 2013

Torrential Rains Trigger Floods in Alberta

Torrential Rains Trigger Floods in Alberta

Heavy rainstorms beginning on June 19, 2013, caused severe flooding in the Canadian province of Alberta. At least four people were killed as a result of the flooding and over 100,000 residents were displaced. A total of 298 Jehovah’s Witnesses were initially evacuated from the area, and a Witness convention scheduled to take place in the Saddledome, a large arena in Calgary, Alberta, had to be rescheduled. In the town of High River, flood waters damaged 58 homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Kingdom Hall sustained heavy damage. A disaster relief committee composed of local Witness elders helped to provide aid, and a representative from the Canada branch office traveled to the affected area to offer spiritual comfort to the victims.

Media Contact(s):

International: J. R. Brown, Office of Public Information, tel. +1 718 560 5000

Canada: Mark Ruge, tel. +1 905 873 4100