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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance To Support Residents In Southwestern Ontario

Tuesday November 28th, 2023, 2:38pm

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The Ontario government is activating the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in certain areas of southwestern Ontario after storms this summer.

On August 23th, 2023, a series of thunderstorms passed through southwestern Ontario, causing significant damage in the Town of Essex, the Municipality of Lakeshore, the Town of Kingsville, and the Town of Amherstburg. The storms led to localized flooding, power outages, washed-out roads, and flooded basements.

According to Environment Canada, up to 180 millimeters of rain fell between Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie from August 23 to 25, with a maximum of 214 millimeters measured in Harrow in the Town of Essex. Essex County received the most rainfall, which was a one-in-100-year event.

“Our government is standing with residents who suffered losses due to the extraordinary flooding that happened in parts of southwestern Ontario last summer,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I want to thank the municipal staff, volunteers, and emergency responders who went above and beyond to support the people impacted by flooding in the impacted municipalities.”

The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster not covered by insurance. Low-income households can apply for assistance for damage caused by sewer backup, which is not otherwise eligible under the program.

To find out if they may be eligible for assistance if they are in the activation area, and for next steps, individuals, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations should review the maps and program guidelines, or call 1-877-822-0116 or email [email protected] after speaking with their private insurance provider.

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