“This is the reason the U.S. has the right to bear arms.” – Charles Timpano, High River resident
“It’s just like Nazi Germany, just taking orders.” – anonymous High River resident
“I find that absolutely incredible that they have the right to go into a person’s belongings out of their home.” – Brenda Lackey, High River resident
Today, the Calgary Herald reports that tensions are increasing at the police barricade outside of the flood-damaged town of High River as locked-out residents reject RCMP reasons for refusing to allow residents back into their homes. Adding to the outrage is a statement by the RCMP that they have confiscated a “substantial amount” of firearms taken from inside homes as residents fled. According to the Herald, the crowd flew into a rage as officers laid down a spike belt in the road to prevent people from busting through the barricade.
Local police attempted to explain their intentions in taking firearms from the abandoned homes, but according to local journalists, these explanations were “quickly rejected.”
“We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,” said Sgt. Brian Topham.
Many residents expressed frustration with the simple fact of the continuing enforced evacuation. “We don’t want our town to turn into another New Orleans,” said resident Jeff Langford. “The longer that the water stays in our houses the worse it’s going to be. We’ll either be bulldozing them or burning them down because we’ve got an incompetent government.” Indeed. Read more here.