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September 3, 2013

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES DISASTER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO RESPOND TO HEAVY RAINS IN MOSSEY RIVER, WINNIPEGOSIS



The provincial government is making $350,000 available to help repair damages caused by heavy rains earlier this summer in the Rural Municipality of Mossey River and the Village of Winnipegosis, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton, minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), announced today.

“Manitoba has put a disaster financial assistance program in place for the people and communities affected by these heavy rains in early July,” said Ashton.  “Localized flooding caused by heavy rains can be difficult to predict or prevent, and we continue to support recovery efforts underway in these communities as well as many others across the province.”

“Disaster financial assistance helps with the cost of preventing or limiting flood damage, repairs to damaged infrastructure and evacuation costs,” said Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn.  “The program may also assist Manitoba families with non-insurable damage costs to property such as principle residences and buildings essential to the operation of eligible farms and businesses.”

Approximately 150 millimetres of rain fell in the area from July 5 to 7, causing overland flooding, road damage and basement flooding.  As a result of the heavy rains, Winnipegosis had to pump water and sandbag, while also running an operations and evacuation centre.  Eleven people were evacuated from their homes.

The Heavy Rains Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) Program will be available to assist the Rural Municipality of Mossey River and the Village of Winnipegosis and their residents who experienced private property losses or damages from the heavy rains.

Manitobans who experienced flood damage in these communities should contact EMO or their local municipality to pick up an application form for this DFA program.  More information is also available online at www.gov.mb.ca/emo/general/events.html.

 

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