Ontario has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas in the communities of Chatham and Thamesville after extensive flooding throughout the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
The floods in Chatham and Thamesville were caused by heavy rainfall and warm temperatures that melted deep snow in the Thames River watershed. At its peak, the river was more than 5 metres above its normal level.
“I commend the hard work and cooperation among local emergency workers, municipal leaders, volunteers, and residents to ensure the safety of those affected by the flooding in their communities,” said Bill Mauro, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs.
The government stated that it is closely monitoring other areas experiencing flooding and may activate the program in these areas as flood impacts continue to be assessed in the coming days and weeks.
Affected individuals, small businesses. and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of the flooding may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses. The program provides reimbursement of expenses incurred but may also offer interim payments to those who need upfront help.
The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a main small business, farm, or not-for-profit organization. Damage from sewer backup is not eligible under the program except under special provisions for low-income households.
More information and detailed program guidelines are available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance or call toll-free 1-844-780-8925.
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