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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in the Township of Hastings Highlands

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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in the Township of Hastings Highlands

TORONTO - Our government is acting swiftly and notifying the Township of Hastings Highlands in the County of Hastings 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. It is estimated that up to 80 mm of rain fell in the region over several days. Water levels in the Mississippi Lake and Mississippi River were near or above historic peaks. The flooding also led to several road closures in the township.

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: April 19, 2019

Application deadline: September 26, 2019

"Our government is committed to helping Ontarians recover from the devastating spring floods we've experienced across the province," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "We'll continue to assess the damage in flood-affected areas so that eligible residents and businesses can access the assistance they need to recover from the flooding."

"We all know that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent in some areas," said Daryl Kramp, Member of Provincial Parliament for Hastings-Lennox and Addington. "While I would prefer that there would be no need for this, I am pleased that our government has made the commitment through the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program to provide relief for residents in our riding impacted by flooding this spring."

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