The Alberta government is aiming to close out all remaining 2013 Disaster Recovery Program files by increasing the number of caseworkers assisting flood victims and providing nearly $20 million in immediate funding to assist with repairs.
In an effort to close out remaining 2013 DRP cases by summer of 2015, government will allocate an additional 15 temporary caseworkers to assist with file management and advance 90 per cent of eligible funding to the approximately 2,000 remaining applicants with open files.
“The addition of these resources will allow government to provide immediate support to remaining flood victims and assist them in putting this difficult experience behind them. I would like to thank flood victims for their patience and representatives of affected areas for ensuring government had the information needed to ensure the DRP can better respond to those who need it most.”
~ Jim Prentice, Premier
“Many flood victims have found it very difficult to come up with the resources needed to complete repairs and apply to the DRP program for reimbursement. These adjustments to the 2013 DRP program will help with that. I would like to thank all of the families who shared their challenges and experiences which helped to result in these much needed changes.”
~ Diana McQueen, Minister of Municipal Affairs
“Families whose cases have not been resolved are facing unique and challenging circumstances. I appreciate that government has put people before paperwork, and is advancing the funds that can help them rebuild.”
~ Danielle Smith, MLA for Highwood
“The caseworker model along with increasing the risk acceptance is what we have asked for. It is great to know that Premier Prentice and Minister McQueen understand the urgency that exists to get the remaining files resolved. This announcement is a huge step forward in order to meet the summer 2015 commitment.”
~ Craig Snodgrass, Mayor of High River
As part of the 2013 DRP changes case managers will work closely with applicants with open files to provide guidance and assist with funding advances of 90 per cent of what is needed to complete their repairs.
Once repairs have been completed, applicants can submit receipts to receive the final 10 per cent in funding.
The DRP received more than 10,500 applications after the June 2013 floods, making this program the biggest and most complex in Alberta’s history. To date, more than 8,400 cases have been closed and nearly $110 million in financial aid provided. This final advancement of funds will provide up to $20 million in additional support.