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Province Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program to Help Residents Affected by the Bayham Flood

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Province Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program to Help Residents Affected by the Bayham Flood

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Ontario has notified the Municipality of Bayham that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas within the communities of Vienna and Port Burwell (see maps).

Heavy rainfall and rapid spring melt led to overland flooding from Big Otter Creek on February 20, 2018. Approximately 56 homes and small businesses in Vienna and Port Burwell were affected. As a result, the municipality set up a reception centre to support residents who were asked to evacuate their homes.

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 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 main small business premises, a 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.

Event type: Flood

Event date: February 20, 2018

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