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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance for Affected Residents in the Town of Caledon

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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance for Affected Residents in the Town of Caledon

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

CALEDON - The government is putting people first by acting swiftly and notifying the Town of Caledon that we have activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood affected areas of Bolton.

On March 15, 2019, the community of Bolton experienced severe flooding after warm weather across the region led to ice breakups and elevated water levels in the Humber River. Caledon reported that approximately 30 homes in Bolton were directly impacted by the flood. Eighty homes in the community were evacuated, displacing more than 250 people. Electricity and natural gas were also shut off for some homes in the area.

The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster that are not covered by insurance. To find out if they are in the activation area and for next steps, individuals and businesses should review the maps and program guidelines available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or call 1-844-780-8925 or email disasterassistance@ontario.ca after speaking with their private insurance provider.

Residents will have until July 24, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.

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“The safety of Ontarians is our government’s top priority. I want to thank municipal staff, emergency responders and volunteers for their tremendous response efforts and dedication to helping the community overcome this natural disaster. I urge affected residents to take photographs of damage and keep all receipts for expenses and repairs for insurance purposes and for the government’s application review process.”

Steve Clark

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“Helping the families and businesses affected by the flooding in Bolton clear the ice and debris is very important to our government. I want to sincerely thank the first responders, municipal staff, and volunteers who worked quickly to ensure people were safe and property was protected.”

Sylvia Jones

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Premier Ford and Minister Clark for reviewing the situation in Caledon and providing the necessary assistance to our residents in their time of need. I would also like to express my appreciation to our local MPP, Minister Sylvia Jones, for her advocacy in pushing her government to act quickly for the people of Caledon.”

Allan Thompson

Mayor, Town of Caledon

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