Disaster relief for residents affected by the heavy rainfall in January

The provincial government has launched a Disaster Financial Assistance program to help individuals, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities who suffered property damage following the mild temperatures and heavy rainfall in January.

The Department of Public Safety says close to 100 mm of rain fell through the evening of January 23 and into January 24 causing localized flooding, infrastructure damage and road closures in some southern parts of the province as well as some power outages.

The government says the storm caused extensive damage to roads, driveways and property, with recovery costs estimated at $9.5 million.

Public Safety Minister Carl Urqhart said, "Recovering from extreme weather events like this one is never easy, but the Disaster Financial Assistance program is an important step in that direction."

The province says the program provides assistance for eligible damage and losses that threaten the health and safety of individuals, municipalities and small businesses.

According to a press release on Friday, the maximum assistance for structural repairs to private residences is $160,000 while the maximum for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations is $500,000.

The Department of Public Safety says anyone thinking of applying for the Disaster Financial Assistance program should call their insurance company first to determine if the damage is already covered, and if it is not, then the recovery team at the Emergency Measures Organization should be contacted so eligibility can be assessed.

The province says advance payments against the total value of an eligible claim may be authorized to help pay for urgent work that will enable owners to reoccupy their property as quickly as possible.

Instructions on how to apply and more details can be found here.