Province activates disaster recovery assistance program for flooding in Kawartha Lakes
Photos courtesy of the Kawartha ATV Association.

The provincial government has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas in Kawartha Lakes.

According to a media release, the 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 that are not covered by insurance.

“Heavy rainfall and snow melt have led to severe flooding across eastern Ontario. On April 20, Kawartha Conservation reported that nearly 42 mm of rain had fallen in 36 hours. Water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes were exceptionally high,” the media release reads.

“Several homes along the Burnt River were evacuated due to rising water levels. The flood-waters also led to multiple road closures in the city.”

Residents will have until Sept. 4 to apply for assistance through the program.

“The flooding over the last number of weeks has been devastating to so many communities. I pplaud the bravery of all the volunteers and first responders on the ground who have been supporting those who have been impacted,” said Steve Clark, the minister of municipal affairs and housing.

“Our government acted quickly to activate the disaster recovery assistance program in Kawartha Lakes so that those affected by the flood can access the assistance they need. We will continue working closely with our municipal partners to help keep everyone safe and provide the resources needed.”

“Our Government is providing rapid support to Ontarians that are affected by natural disasters, including local residents who were recently affected by flooding along the Burnt River,” added area MPP Laurie Scott.

“This funding will help local residents and small businesses deal with and recover from the financial impacts resulting from this flood.”

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