Monday, 12 September 2011 16:25

Disaster recovery assistance available for severe summer Alta. weather

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The Alberta government is committing up to $34.2 million to help residents, small business owners, agricultural producers and municipalities recover uninsurable losses from flooding this summer. Announcement was made Sept. 12.

“Recovering from a disaster can be difficult, which is why the Alberta government is providing financial support so people can repair and rebuild after experiencing flooding this summer,” said Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “These programs will go a long way to helping individuals, small business operators and communities recover.”

To assist Albertans recover from uninsurable loss, the Government of Alberta, through the Alberta Emergency Management Agency has created five regional disaster recovery programs for affected communities in:

  • Southern Alberta - up to $12.1 million
  • Northern Alberta - up to $5.7 million
  • Northwestern Alberta - up to $11.5 million
  • Central Alberta - up to $3.5 million
  • City of Calgary - up to $1.4 million

The Alberta government is working with municipalities to coordinate dates for upcoming registration centres. Dates and locations will be posted at

The Disaster Recovery Program provides financial assistance for residents, small businesses and agricultural producers to help return uninsurable property loss to pre-disaster functional condition. A significant portion of the funding supports municipalities with infrastructure repairs, emergency operations and clean-up costs.

Affected residents and small business owners should first contact their insurance company to get a letter that outlines their uninsurable damage. Photographs of the flooding damage should also be taken. In the interim, while disaster recovery registration centres are set-up, affected residents can contact their local municipality or the program office at 1-888-671-1111 for more information.

Financial support for agricultural operators was announced last month through the AgriRecovery Program which provides up to $30 per eligible acre affected by excess moisture.

An additional $450,000 for two disaster recovery programs will be available to Red Deer County, County of Vermilion River and the Municipal District of Wainwright to help recoup significant clean-up and emergency operations costs following windstorms in July. Residents, small business operators and farmers who experienced damage and loss during these storms are not eligible and should contact their insurance company as wind damage is insurable.

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