Municipalities to receive final payments for 2002 flood relief

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Municipalities to receive final payments for 2002 flood relief

TORONTO, April 1 - Seven northwestern Ontario communities will receive final relief payments under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) to cover costs of repairing critical infrastructure damaged during a severe storm in June 2002, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen announced today. "The 2002 storm was one of the most severe storms ever experienced in Ontario," said Gerretsen. "The repair of critical infrastructure damaged in the 2002 floods ensures these communities fully recover and continue to grow safe and strong." A number of communities in northwestern Ontario experienced severe flooding on June 9, 10 and 11, 2002 as a result of the storm causing extensive damage to private property and local infrastructure. These payments to the seven communities total over $810,000. Thirteen eligible municipalities in the region will have received over $4 million in disaster assistance from the province, including the latest payments. As part of the provincial commitment to help northwestern Ontario communities affected by the June 2002 storm, the Province undertook to reimburse up to 100 per cent of eligible municipal costs incurred as a result of storm damage. The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) provides financial assistance to municipalities that sustain public damages as a result of a natural disaster. Municipalities in a designated disaster area can apply for funding of up to 100 per cent to cover eligible public costs associated with disaster relief and rebuilding damaged infrastructure. Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 1, 2004 MUNICIPALITIES IN NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO RECEIVE FINAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) provides financial assistance to municipalities that sustain public damages as a result of a natural disaster. Municipalities in a designated disaster area can apply for funding of up to 100 per cent to cover eligible public costs associated with disaster relief and rebuilding damaged infrastructure. Thirteen municipalities in Northwestern Ontario were eligible for this assistance due to severe flooding that occurred in June 2002. Interim payments were provided, based on estimates and work completed to date, to allow municipalities to progress with necessary repairs to damaged infrastructure. Six municipalities received final payment of their flood claims, covering 100 per cent of their eligible costs, in April 2003. As the remaining seven municipalities have completed their restoration work, final payments are being made in response to their claims. The municipalities now receiving final payments are Atikokan, Chapple, Fort Frances, Ignace, Machin, Morley and Rainy River. The year 2002 was the second successive year that many of these communities sustained storm damage severe enough to be designated a disaster area. As a consequence of a severe storm that occurred in 2001, 100 per cent of eligible public costs, or $416,000 in provincial assistance, was provided to repair public infrastructure in the area. The 2002 storm easily exceeded the 2001 storm and all previously recorded storm events in Ontario in intensity, duration and damage, including a severe storm in Timmins previously identified as the most disastrous storm event in Northern Ontario. The chart on the following page lists the municipalities and summarizes current and earlier payments made by the Province for public costs incurred as a result of the flood. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- FIRST SECOND THIRD TOTAL ------------------------------------------------------------------------- MUNICIPALITY PAYMENT PAYMENT PAYMENT PAYMENT ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBERTON 14,241.00 63,551.59 0.00 77,792.59 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ATIKOKAN 185,318.00 0.00 326,879.02 512,197.02 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHAPPLE 134,862.00 228,277.00 70,015.48 433,154.48 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- DAWSON 135,247.00 154,696.26 0.00 289,943.26 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- EMO 51,633.00 49,194.09 0.00 100,827.09 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- FORT FRANCES 124,983.00 101,177.00 112,463.45 338,623.45 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- IGNACE 202,809.00 75,457.00 56,158.41 334,424.41 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- LAKE OF THE WOODS 88,341.00 131,073.11 0.00 219,414.11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- LA VALLEE 43,392.00 57,949.15 0.00 101,341.15 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- MACHIN 100,000.00 213,010.00 13,401.35 326,411.35 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- MORLEY 49,902.00 59,656.00 35,706.33 145,264.33 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- RAINY RIVER 368,791.00 540,489.00 195,623.56 1,104,903.56 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- SIOUX NARROWS- NESTOR FALLS 9,161.00 8,251.41 0.00 17,412.41 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALL MUNICIPALITIES 1,508,680.00 1,682,781.61 810,247.60 4,001,709.21 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contact Info Disponible en français www.mah.gov.on.ca For further information: Patti Munce, Minister's Office, (416) 585-6333; Ian Smith, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (807) 475-1187 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Patti Munce, Minister's Office, (416) 585-6333; Ian Smith, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (807) 475-1187