Albertans to get help on severe summer storm recovery
Roughly $9.4M set aside for Calgary in regional disaster recovery program
The Alberta government announced Thursday it has approved up to $58 million to help residents, communities, small businesses and farms recover from severe weather that pelted the province this summer.
"This funding will go a long way to help the communities and Albertans who experienced uninsurable losses because of this severe weather," said Doug Griffiths, minister of Municipal Affairs.
"Plans are already moving forward to establish registration centres for Albertans who may qualify for assistance."
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Six regional disaster recovery programs have been created to help offset costs of uninsurable losses due to flooding that was caused by several storms in June and July.
Local authorities will have to apply for disaster recovery programs on behalf of residents.
Roughly $9.4 million has been set aside for Calgarians affected by storms on June 5 and June 6.
The City of Brooks has access to roughly $100,000 for a storm that hit the area on June 17.
Other special areas, including Youngstown and Consort, are eligible to receive up to $8.6 million for storms on June 26 to June 30.
Funding is also available for areas in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Devon, Beaumont, Parkland County, Whitecourt, Barrhead County, Lac Ste. Anne County and Woodlands County.
The province says the figures are based on preliminary estimates and may change after final repairs take place.
More information about registration centres and the program are on the Alberta Emergency Management Agency website at www.aema.alberta.ca.
The province says the damage must be widespread and uninsurable to qualify.