Flood victims still in limbo after funding announcement
Province says it will re-evaluate funding for those who applied to relief program
Homeowners in Thunder Bay hoping for a top-up from the province's Disaster Relief Program will have to wait a bit longer.
The province made an announcement Friday morning — but it wasn't what many people might have been hoping for.
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Linda Jeffrey said she'll go "out on a limb" and expects her staff to come up with more money for those who applied to the relief program.
"We think that the evaluation probably has been on the low side, so we want to have that re-evaluation going forward to make sure that the people in Thunder Bay are adequately compensated for what they lost," she said.
"We think that there's room for movement and I would expect that there will be an adjustment in those numbers."
Jeffrey's comments were made at a news conference following a meeting with the city's disaster relief committee and Mayor Keith Hobbs.
Officials said there is no guarantee of more money for homeowners who suffered losses from flooding last May.
Hobbs said he will continue to work with the province on behalf of those affected.
The province re-affirmed there will be a $4 million payout to the city — part of the $17 million originally committed. That money will be directed toward the Safe Homes program, which helped replace flood-damaged furnaces, water heaters, as well as basement repairs.