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Updated: 6th January 2019 09:27

Lethbridge-area residents still rebuilding from massive fire

It has been three months since a huge grass fire threatened the City of Lethbridge and burned about 5,000 hectares of land.

Residents are still trying to rebuild after a massive grass fire swept through the area in September. 2:42

It has been three months since a huge grass fire threatened the City of Lethbridge and burned about 5,000 hectares of land

Although the smoke has long settled, some landowners are still not in the clear. 

Glenn Van Buuren lost hay and farm equipment worth thousands of dollars. He says insurance is only covering about a third of it.

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"Come spring and hay season we might not have the equipment to do what we need to do," Van Buuren explained.  

He's hoping the province will provide disaster recovery funding. The County of Lethbridge is also looking for funding, as fighting the fire cost the county around $250,000.  

But Reeve Lorne Hickey says the process is being held up. 

"Kind of in limbo," he said, adding the province still hasn't given the county the final bill for the use of its water bombers.

He also says the cause of the fire hasn't officially been released and, until he gets that information, the county can't even apply for assistance. 

"No way of knowing if (we’re) eligible or not — can't tell at this point in time," Hickey said.

That uncertainty is not reassuring for Van Buuren. 

"We don’t' want anything more back — just what we had — that's all we want," Van Buuren said. "Looking to start over again, we just need some help — need some answer."

A large grass fire threatened the City of Lethbridge and burned about 5,000 hectares of land back in September. Many people are still waiting on money from the province before they can rebuild. (CBC)

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