First look in flooded homes

Some residents of flood-soaked Grand Forks got a first look back inside their homes on Friday.

Officials allowed evacuees back for a few hours to survey damage and collect valuables.

Jennifer Houghton sloshed through the floodwaters in hip waders to get to her front door.

Inside, calf-deep water surrounded everything.

"I don't even know what words to use to describe this right now," she told CTV. "It's shocking. It's heartbreaking. It's painful."

She hopes to clean up once the water recedes and apply for disaster assistance.

It's the second time she's been hit by flooding.

The floodwater is likely contaminated, and thousands of evacuees have been forced out of their homes for more than a week.

Police patrol neighbourhoods, and 100 Canadian Armed Forces soldiers arrived Friday to sandbag and reinforce dikes.

Residents Randy Harp and Sherri Singer were separated for days after flood barricades went up while Harp was at work.

"It was stressful as hell … My heart was back home with my dad and my lady," said Harp.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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