Ministry expands Brantford flood assistance program

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has expanded the activation area for the flood assistance program available for Brantford residents whose homes were affected by the Grand River flood in February.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has expanded the activation area for the flood assistance program

Grand River flooded in late February, and the City of Brantford announced an evacuation order for residents living along the river. (Adam Carter/CBC)

The province has expanded the boundaries for the flood assistance program aimed to help people in Brantford recover from the damage done when the Grand River flooded in February. 

The program was first activated on Feb. 27, a week after people living along the river had to evacuate their homes for several days until the water levels dropped.

"Additional areas on the west bank of the Grand River and south of Baldwin Avenue are now eligible for assistance," said a media release on Thursday.

The pink section is the new area where people now qualify for assistance. (Ministry of Municipal Affairs)

People with homes, small businesses, a farm or a non-profit organization in the activation area are eligible for assistance for "emergency and recovery expenses." 

The funds will be paid out as reimbursements for expenses, but for people who need help up-front, they could be given out as interim payments.

However, the province will not be covering damages incurred from sewage backup through this program, "except under special provisions for low-income households."

Due to the expansion of the program, the deadline to apply for assistance has been extended until Aug. 10.