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Province Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians in Orangeville

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Province Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians in Orangeville

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario has notified the Town of Orangeville that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas (see map).

A significant rainstorm occurred in the Orangeville area on June 22 and 23 of this year.  According to the municipality, over 128 millimetres of rain fell overnight. A second rainstorm on August 1 resulted in more than 70 millimetres of rain in one hour. Both storms overwhelmed area creeks and infrastructure, causing flooding and damage to private property.

Affected individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of this disaster may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses.

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. 

The program is currently activated in specific areas throughout Midwestern Ontario that were also affected by flooding on June 22 and 23.

The government is closely monitoring other areas experiencing flooding across the province. It may activate the program in these areas as flood impacts continue to be assessed in the coming days and weeks.

More information and detailed program guidelines are available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance or call toll-free 1-844-780-8925.

Event type: Flood

Event date: June 22-23 and August 1, 2017

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