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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in Bracebridge and Huntsville

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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in Bracebridge and Huntsville

TORONTO - In response to recent flooding, our government is acting swiftly and notifying the District of Muskoka that we have activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in the Town of Bracebridge and the Town of Huntsville. The safety of those affected by this natural disaster is our government's top priority.

Heavy rainfall and snow melt have led to severe flooding across central Ontario. Several hundred primary homes and small businesses have been impacted as water levels in the Muskoka River are near or above the historic peaks reached in 2013. There are reports of localized flooding throughout the district. The province will continue to assess damage in other parts of the district to determine if the activation area needs to be expanded.

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. Affected residents should take photographs of damage and keep all receipts for expenses and repairs for insurance purposes and for the government's application review process. To find out if they are eligible for assistance, if they are in the activation area and for next steps, individuals, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations should review the maps [PDF] 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 August 29, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.

Event type: Flood

Event date: April 19, 2019 - ongoing

Application deadline: August 29, 2019

"My heart goes out to those impacted by flooding in Muskoka District. Our government is committed to helping the community recover. Our first responders on the ground have done incredible work over the last number of weeks and I want to thank them for their dedication to keeping Ontarians safe during this difficult time," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

"I want to thank our terrific municipal leaders and staff and all the first responders, military reservists and volunteers on the ground who are helping those affected by the flooding. I also want to thank Minister Clark for recognizing the devastating situation, working with our local officials and acting as quickly as he has to activate the DRAO program for Bracebridge and Huntsville," said Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka.

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