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Disaster recovery assistance available for southwest Alberta

The Alberta government is committing up to $30.7 million to help residents, small business owners, agricultural producers and municipalities recover uninsurable losses from flooding this past summer.

Between June 16 and June 23, municipalities, First Nations and property owners in Southern Alberta experienced intense rainfall that resulted in significant localized flooding.

Disaster recovery programs provide financial assistance for uninsurable property damage loss and other expenses incurred as the result of a disaster. They are meant to provide funding to help restore essential property back to basic pre-disaster, functional condition where no other options are available.

Starting November 3, government will be working with the local municipalities to hold information sessions and establish temporary registration centres to help residents begin the process of filing their applications.

The following communities are eligible under the 2014 Disaster Recovery Program:

City of Lethbridge
Town of Cardston
Town of Claresholm
Town of Coaldale
Town of Coalhurst
Town of Fort McLeod
Town of Granum
Town of Magrath
Town of Nanton
Town of Pincher Creek
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
MD of Pincher Creek No. 9
MD of Ranchland No. 66
MD Willow Creek, No. 26
Lethbridge County
Blood Indian Reserve No. 148
The lands of the Piikani First Nation

Also included in this DRP are emergency operations costs incurred by the City of Medicine Hat and the Town of High River.

A separate DRP for the Municipal District of Taber was also approved for $700,000 given their close proximity to the flooding and similar flooding damage.

The Alberta government is committed to helping Albertans recover from the devastating effects of flooding and other disasters while being responsible with taxpayers’ dollars. Recovery from disasters of this kind is a shared responsibility and requires collaboration and cooperation from homeowners, insurance companies and municipalities.

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