Manitoba announces disaster financial assistance for flood victims

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Our provincial government has announced a Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk said the program is available to individuals and municipalities that experience damage to infrastructure, private residences, farms or small businesses due to spring flooding.

“Our government is committed to helping Manitobans deal with the cost of spring flood damage,” said Piwniuk. “We continue to work with local authorities on response efforts and a program will be available to assess the damage and provide assistance to those in need.”

DFA programs provide provincial assistance for certain disaster-related losses when a widespread natural disaster occurs and creates an unreasonable financial burden. The DFA helps Manitobans recover by providing financial assistance for uninsurable losses of basic and essential property. The DFA will also assist with verified livestock losses.

Manitobans are encouraged to check with their insurers to review their policy coverage before applying for a DFA, the minister notes. Insurable costs, such as sewer backup, are not covered by DFA. Some Manitobans may also have overland flood insurance.

The federal government may provide financial assistance to provincial and territorial governments under disaster financial assistance agreements following large-scale natural disasters. The minister notes that the province is confident that impacts from the spring 2022 storm will be eligible for federal funding.

When the province establishes a DFA program that is eligible for cost-sharing with the federal government, municipalities will have the opportunity to participate in the Mitigation and Preparedness Program (MPP) to invest their cost-sharing amount in a mitigation or preparation. More information about this program will be shared with eligible municipalities.

Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization will be offering webinars to the public to provide an overview of the DFA and answer questions. More information on dates, times and how to register will be available online in the coming weeks.

For more information on eligibility or to apply, visit www.manitoba.ca/emo/dfa or email [email protected]

Monday morning, 300 homes were evacuated, not including the Peguis First Nation. There are currently 26 municipalities and four First Nations under local states of emergency. Piwniuk says the costs of this spring’s flooding will far exceed $10 million.

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