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Some Alberta highways may not reopen until mid-2014 due to flood damage

Unprecedented destruction on Alberta highways caused by June's flooding will likely force portions of some routes to remain closed until summer 2014, according to the provincial transportation ministry.

A list provided to Metro Wednesday outlines more than $12 million in approximate damages to highways, but also specifies that the impact of surging water to many roads has yet to be fully assessed. Other routes restored to working order will require further repairs over the long term, the list states.

Alberta Transportation spokesperson Trent Bancarz said the province is far more used to coping with damage to a single road or bridge caused by an "isolated incident."

"To have so many of them out at the same time over such a large area . . . certainly, in my time, I've never seen that before," said Bancarz, who's been with the ministry for 12 years.

Major issues remain on certain portions of Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country, south of High River on Highway 532 and Highway 547, which is north of the Village of Arrowwood and an hour southeast of Calgary, according to interactive road maps provided by the province at 511.alberta.ca.

Elsewhere, millions have been spent to get areas like the Sheep River Crossing on Highway 22 between Turner Valley and Black Diamond and the Bow River crossing on Highway 842 in Siksika First Nation back to working order.

City of Calgary officials were planning to give media a tour Thursday of damaged roads and pedestrian bridges locally.

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