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Repairing Flood Damage in Northeastern Ontario

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Repairing Flood Damage in Northeastern Ontario

McGuinty Government Supports Reconstruction Efforts

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario is helping three northeastern Ontario communities repair damage caused by severe flooding earlier this year.

The Townships of East Ferris and Bonfield will receive up to $2.582 million through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program, which will supplement local fundraising efforts to assist residents. The Township of Machar will receive a one-time Special Assistance Grant of $48,525 to help with cleanup costs and repairs to roads.

Following a severe rainstorm on August 5, 2008, the Townships of East Ferris and Bonfield were declared disaster areas, making them eligible for financial assistance through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.

Quick Facts

  • On August 5, 2008, a severe rainstorm caused localized flooding in the Townships of East Ferris, Bonfield and Machar. Many roads were significantly damaged, as well as a number of homes and small businesses.
  • 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.
  • The Township of Machar experienced flood damage to a much lesser degree than East Ferris and Bonfield, and did not declare a state of emergency.

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“The provincial support will be a big boost to the affected municipalities and help them in their recovery efforts.”

Monique Smith

MPP, Nipissing

“We will help the municipalities get through this difficult time.”

Jim Watson

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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