B.C. flood victims to get personalized support as they navigate funding programs
As of Monday, the Red Cross had distributed $17 million in evacuation-related emergency funding
Residents in British Columbia who were affected by flooding will be eligible next month for personalized support to help navigate the recovery process and available funding programs.
The B.C. government said in a news release that beginning Feb. 1, evacuees receiving Emergency Support Services since Nov. 15 will be offered expanded help through the Canadian Red Cross.
It says case managers will assess people's needs and connect them with existing funding programs like Disaster Financial Assistance where eligible, as well as create recovery plans to access funding for rebuilding homes or relocating to new communities.
The support is funded through $30 million in donations matched by both the B.C. and federal governments for a fund totalling $90 million, called the Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal.
As of Monday, the Red Cross had distributed $17 million in evacuation-related emergency funding to more than 7,200 eligible households.
Record rainfall washed over southern B.C. in November, causing mudslides, washouts and flooding. Several communities were flooded and thousands of properties were evacuated.
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said in the statement that many people who were affected by the flooding haven't been able to return home.
"We are here for you, and we're making sure people receive the support they need and for the length of time needed, including lodging, basic needs and mental-health supports.''