Ontario Supports Flood Recovery Efforts in Blandford-Blenheim
Province Provides Funding to Help with Repairs
The Ontario Government has notified the Township of Blandford-Blenheim that it will provide financial support through the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program to help with local flood recovery efforts.
On February 19, 2018, heavy rainfall combined with snowmelt in the Nith and Grand rivers caused flooding in the township. The funds will help repair municipal infrastructure such as roads, public facilities and bridges that were damaged by the flood.The township's eligible costs under the program may be as much as $202,000.
Ontario's Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program provides financial assistance to help municipalities recover from natural disasters. It helps eligible municipalities address extraordinary emergency response costs and damage to essential property or infrastructure like bridges, roads and public buildings, as a result of a natural disaster.
- Eligible expenses under MDRA may include operating and capital costs that are over and above regular municipal budgets and are directly linked to the disaster.
- A municipality may be eligible for the MDRA program if its disaster-related costs reach a threshold of three per cent of its Own-Purpose Taxation levy.
“Natural disasters can cause extensive damage and often lead to unexpected costs for municipalities. The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program is one way that our government helps eligible municipalities when they need it the most.”