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Repairing Flood Damage In Northwestern Ontario

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Repairing Flood Damage In Northwestern Ontario

McGuinty Government Supports Reconstruction Efforts

Communities in northwestern Ontario are receiving over $9 million in provincial assistance to repair damage caused by severe flooding earlier this year.

The government is providing:

  • almost $2 million under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program to repair damages to public property
  • $6 million for repairs to provincial highways and roads within Local Roads Boards
  • $1.3 million for emergency response and repairs to Fort William Historical Park.

On June 6, 2008, more than 100 millimetres of rain caused localized flooding, road washouts and closures in areas surrounding Thunder Bay. Flood levels for the Whitefish River system were close to levels that are expected only once every 50 years. Flood levels for the Kaministiquia River exceeded those expected for once every century.

Quick Facts

  • The Municipalities of Neebing, Oliver-Paipoonge, and Shuniah, and the Townships of Dorion, O’Connor, Conmee and Gillies have been declared disaster areas, making them eligible for disaster assistance. See a breakdown of the assistance here.
  • Municipalities that experience unusual financial difficulties due to a natural disaster may request financial assistance through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program to cover extraordinary, incremental public damages’ costs up to 100 per cent.
  • Assistance under the program may be granted when damages are so extensive that they would seriously strain the financial resources of the affected individuals, the municipality and the community at large.

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“We sympathize with the difficulties suffered by the communities affected by the floods. We will help the municipalities get through this difficult time.”

Jim Watson

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“The provincial support will be a big boost to the affected municipalities.”

Bill Mauro

Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP

“I am extremely pleased that the emergency financial support from the Province will help a number of communities in the region recover faster from the disaster. The township of Dorion and the Municipality of Shuniah, two communities within my riding, will be receiving assistance.”

Michael Gravelle

Thunder Bay – Superior North MPP



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