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Township hit by storm asks for $1.9M in disaster relief

The Township of Greater Madawaska has put in a request for more than $1.9 million in disaster relief assistance after last month's storm felled thousands of trees and damaged property.
Sheds, cottages, roads and homes were damaged and trees was uprooted when a powerful macroburst descended on Norway Lake July 23. (Stu Mills/CBC)

The Township of Greater Madawaska has put in a request for more than $1.9 million in disaster relief assistance after last month's storm felled thousands of trees and damaged property.

The township had voted Friday to ask the minister of municipal affairs and housing to declare a disaster, said Jim Lynch, the township's disaster relief co-ordinator.

The township is requesting a total of $1,927,800 in its claim, submitted Monday morning. Public damage accounts for $665,300 of the claim, while private damages make up the remaining $1,272,500 requested. The private damages include $107,000 to clean up fallen trees on private roads.

Lynch said Monday ministry staff has advised the township it could take up to a month for the minister to make a decision on whether to grant the request.

But the township is also asking for $150,000 in financial assistance now to help cover clean-up costs already incurred and to continue to clear debris that needs to be removed immediately.

July 23 storm hit region hard

The July 23 macroburst descended on parts of Calabogie, Norway Lake and White Lake.

About 40 homes and cottages were heavily damaged.

The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program has a public component, whereby the province aids municipalities in rebuilding public infrastructure such as roads.

There is also a component for private property, where funds raised by the community can be matched by the province to help individuals, farms, businesses or non-profit organizations in need.

Cottages and other secondary residences, however, are not eligible for funds under the ODRAP program.

The Township of Admaston/Bromley, west of Renfrew, has also requested $90,000 in disaster relief, according to mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe.

Briscoe said she is hoping to province can provide $25,000 now to cover costs of the clean-up.

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