Manitoba budgets $40M for spring flood aid

Manitoba farmers whose farms and homes were hit with non-insurable damage due to this spring’s floods will be able to share in a pot of up to $40 million in provincial disaster financial assistance (DFA).

The $40 million figure is based on the assessment of damages resulting from flooding earlier this spring, in which property damage has led to more than 1,000 DFA applications, the province said Monday.

“The damage caused by flooding throughout the province and heavy ice on the Red River this spring was significant,” Steve Ashton, provincial minister for the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), said in a release.

“Many of the eligible claims have already received financial assistance and the remainder are being processed as quickly as possible,” and will continue to flow throughout the summer, he said.

The maximum amount that a private Manitoba citizen can receive under DFA was doubled earlier this year to handle claims of eligible costs of up to $200,000 or the assessed value of a home, farm or business.

DFA, for which claims are subject to a 20 per cent deductible, is generally made available in Manitoba for evacuation costs, costs to prevent or limit imminent damage and for non-insurable damage to basic and essential property such as principal residences, buildings and other non-insurable losses essential to the operation of eligible farms and small businesses.

Basic and essential items such as furniture, fixtures, appliances and clothing are eligible for DFA.

The province said it will also adjust its cost-sharing agreement with municipalities, capping the current cost-sharing sliding scale to $5 per capita of municipal expenditures.

In other words, after municipal spending has reached $5 per capita, the province will assume 100 per cent of the costs. Currently, municipalities pay the first 10 per cent of their total claim.

The list of municipalities eligible for DFA for the public and private sector includes over six dozen RMs, towns and villages. Another 13 municipalities are eligible only for private sector assistance. Seven Manitoba First Nations are also eligible for DFA.

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