Ontario Supports Flood Recovery Efforts in North Algona Wilberforce
Province Provides Funding to Help with Repairs
The Ontario Government has notified the Township of North Algona Wilberforce that it will provide financial support through the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program to help with local flood recovery efforts.
On April 19, 2017, heavy rainfall and spring runoff led to overland flooding and high-water levels in the Bonnechere River. The funds will help the township repair municipal infrastructure such as roads and a boat dock that were damaged by the flood. The funds will also help offset emergency response costs related to sandbagging and sand disposal.The township's eligible costs under the program may be as much as $70,000.
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. I want to thank the hard-working volunteers and emergency responders who braved the weather conditions and helped to keep their communities safe.”