The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced on Thursday that they confiscated a “substantial amount” of firearms from the homes of evacuees who left their town of High River in Alberta, Canada, due to severe flooding.

“We have seized a large quantity of firearms simply because they were left by residents in their places,” Sgt. Brian Topham told the Calgary Herald.

Topham added that the forced entry into the homes and the seizure of the firearms was both a favor to the residents and a way to ensure the safety of the public during the deluge.

“We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,” Topham added. “People have a significant amount of money invested in firearms … so we put them in a place that we control and that they’re safe,” Topham added.