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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in Kawartha Lakes

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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in Kawartha Lakes

TORONTO - Our government is acting swiftly and notifying the City of Kawartha Lakes that we have activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas in the municipality. 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 eastern Ontario. On April 20, Kawartha Conservation reported that nearly 42 mm of rain had fallen in 36 hours. Water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes were exceptionally high. Several homes along the Burnt River were evacuated due to rising water levels. The flood-waters also led to multiple road closures in the city.

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 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 map [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 September 4, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.

Event type: Flood

Event date: April 19, 2019 - ongoing

Application deadline: September 4, 2019

"The flooding over the last number of weeks has been devastating to so many communities. I applaud the bravery of all the volunteers and first responders on the ground who have been supporting those who have been impacted," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Our government acted quickly to activate the disaster recovery assistance program in Kawartha Lakes so that those affected by the flood can access the assistance they need. We will continue working closely with our municipal partners to help keep everyone safe and provide the resources needed."  

"Our Government is providing rapid support to Ontarians that are affected by natural disasters, including local residents who were recently affected by flooding along the Burnt River," said Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour and Member of Provincial Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. "This funding will help local residents and small businesses deal with and recover from the financial impacts resulting from this flood."

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