June 7, 2012
PROVINCE ADVISES FLOOD CLEANUP UNDERWAY IN 141 MUNICIPALITIES, APPRAISALS TO BE COMPLETED THIS SUMMER– – –
More Than 65 Per Cent of Applicants Have Already Received Payment: Ashton
The majority of Manitobans affected by flooding have received at least an initial compensation payment, as the historic recovery effort from the 2011 flood continues, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced today.
“The geographical scope of the 2011 flood was larger than anything we’ve seen before, affecting
Under the Building and Recovery Action Program (BRAP), about 65 per cent of applicants have received advanced or final payments for a total of $66.4 million and, under the Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) Program, more than 50 per cent of claims are complete and more than $300 million paid out. The flood of 2011 is expected to cost nearly $1 billion, the minister said, adding the province has already provided more than $880 million for flood fighting, recovery and compensation.
“We provided advance payments for thousands of Manitoba families to help them through the initial impact of the flood,” said Ashton. “We will continue working with these families to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The province is hiring four more property assessors to speed up appraisals for flood-impacted properties around Lake Manitoba and has added six new commissioners to help with the claims appeals process. Teams of appraisers have been assessing about 50 properties a week. After bringing on eight new appraisers last month and four more now, it is expected all appraisals will be completed by the end of August, Ashton said. To date, about 70 per cent of BRAP appraisals are complete and nearly all DFA inspections are complete.
The minister also noted the province has added six more commissioners, for a total of 12, to hear claims appeals from BRAP. The new commissioners will ensure at least six appeals are heard a week, Ashton said. To date, there have been 140 appeals representing two per cent of total claims under BRAP. Under DFA there have been a total of 171 appeals, or about 3.7 per cent.
Disaster Financial Assistance
Building and Recovery Action Plan
While many of the agriculture assistance programs are cost shared with the federal government, the forage loss component of the BRAP, the Greenfeed Assistance Program, the 2011 Spring Blizzard Livestock Mortalities Program and the Shoal Lakes Agriculture Flooding Assistance Program are all fully funded provincial programs, Ashton said.
Recent changes were made to the provincially funded BRAP Forage Restoration Program to increase compensation to $110 from $75 and removed the requirement to reseed.
The minister also announced the province has issued a request for proposals related to a flood mitigation study for the Lake Manitoba watershed including Lake Winnipegosis, Dauphin Lake and the Shoal Lakes, and the Assiniboine River Basin including Lake of the Prairies and the Qu’Appelle and Souris rivers. Once underway, an independent consultant will identify potential methods for enhanced flood protection in these systems, Ashton said, adding a wide range of stakeholders will be given an opportunity to provide input throughout this process.
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