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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in the Town of Mattawa

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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in the Town of Mattawa

TORONTO - Our government is acting swiftly and notifying the Town of Mattawa in the District of Nipissing that we have activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas. 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 May 6, Mattawa declared a state of emergency after being notified that water would be released from the Otto Holden Dam into the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers. The flooding led to several road closures and forced some residents to evacuate their homes.

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 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 26, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.

Event type: Flood

Event date: May 6, 2019

Application deadline: September 26, 2019

"Our government stands with the many communities impacted by severe flooding this spring," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "I encourage residents in the program activation areas who experienced flood damage that is not covered by insurance to apply for assistance."

"Our government is committed to protecting what matters most - and that includes protecting our homes, businesses, and infrastructure that keeps our economy moving," said Vic Fedeli, Member of Provincial Parliament for Nipissing and Minister of Finance. "It has been a top priority for me to ensure Mattawa is receiving all provincial help necessary to deal with the aftermath of the recent flooding. Today's disaster relief assistance activation is evidence our government is taking decisive action to assist the community."

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