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Residents in Timiskaming District eligible for disaster recovery assistance following spring flooding

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The province is activating the disaster recovery assistance for Ontarians program in parts of the Town of Kirkland Lake, Township of McGarry and Township of Chamberlain.

The assistance comes after devastating spring rain that fell between April 11- 13. In total, 80 millimetres of rain “caused sudden and unexpected flooding and damage to homes in Kirkland Lake, McGarry and Chamberlain,” the province said in a news release Monday.

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 help for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster not covered by insurance. Low-income households can apply for assistance for damage caused by sewer backup, which is not otherwise eligible under the program.

“I want to thank the municipal staff, volunteers, and emergency responders who went above and beyond to support the people impacted by flooding in Timiskaming District this spring,” Paul Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, said in the release.

“Helping residents and communities recover following a natural disaster is important to us and that is why I am activating the disaster assistance program.”

To find out if they may be eligible for help, 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 here, call 1-877-822-0116 or email disasterassistance@ontario.ca after speaking with their private insurance provider.

Residents with no insurance coverage or whose insurance coverage is insufficient to cover essential costs have until Oct. 15 to apply for help through the program.

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