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Yukon seeks federal disaster relief funds for 2012 flood damage

The Yukon government is applying for help from Ottawa to cover costs associated with severe rains and flooding in June 2012.

Heavy rains led to washouts, mudslides, home evacuations and an $8M bill

Part of the highway on the Yukon/Alaska border was washed out after heavy rains swept across southern Yukon in June 2012. (submitted by Matthew Carpenter)

The Yukon government is looking for help from Ottawa to help cover some of the $8 million bill associated with severe flooding in the territory four years ago.

Heavy rains in June 2012 caused mudslides, highway washouts and flooding in many areas across southern Yukon. Some of the worst damage was in the community of Upper Liard, where homes were evacuated after a protective dike gave way.

Michael Templeton, manager of Yukon's Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), said the territory is now working on an application to Public Safety Canada for money through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements. He said Ottawa won't cover all the $8 million, but could pay the majority of it.  

Templeton said the storm and its impact were unusually severe.

"The effects of the weather system was much more wider spread, and the extent of the damage was much more wider spread. Most of our events in the past have been isolated to single communities," he said.

Yukon's claim still needs to be audited before going to the federal government. Templeton said it could be a year before the territory knows how much it will receive.

He said Yukon is also working on two other applications for disaster relief funds from Ottawa, but those claims are much smaller. One is associated with flooding in Mayo in 2010, and the other with flooding at Rock Creek near Dawson City, in 2009. Those two emergencies cost the territory just under $1 million, Templeton said.

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