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The devastation wreaked by the floods in Southern Alberta touches the hearts of people everywhere in Canada. Many of us have family, friends or colleagues in the region. We have been following the last few days’ events with great concern, and our hearts go out to the many Albertans who have been evacuated due to the floods that are affecting much of the province.

Although it is still too early to assess the full extent of the damage, the floods will have a very significant impact on businesses in the area, and particularly small and medium size businesses. Chambers of commerce are working hard to assist their members. For example, the Calgary Chamber has been asked to assist in understanding the scope of damage and impact to businesses in the downtown area.

All Canadians are inspired by the sense of community and the remarkable resilience being demonstrated by residents of the affected areas. We are grateful to all the volunteers and the municipal and provincial officials who have been coordinating emergency operations efforts, both on the ground and in the emergency operations centre. Our thoughts are with all of the Albertans and emergency responders in these communities.

We will work with our colleagues at the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and the local chambers of commerce in the days and weeks to come. The reports and images that reach us chronicle the extent of damage, but they also demonstrate Albertans’ remarkable courage and resourcefulness.

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