Ontario offering flood recovery funds to Brantford residents

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Brantford residents affected by last week’s flood of the Grand River will get some help from the provincial government.

Ontario has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program to help owners of homes and businesses damaged by flood waters.

A deep thaw and heavy rains between Feb. 19 and 21 led to flooding along the Grand River. Parts of Brantford were evacuated due to an ice jam that was released, sending water surging into the city.

The government is closely monitoring other areas experiencing flooding. It may activate the program in these areas as flood impacts continue to be assessed in the coming days and weeks.

Affected individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of this disaster may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses. The program provides reimbursement of expenses incurred but may also offer interim payments to those who need upfront help.

The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. Damage from sewer backup is not eligible under the program except under special provisions for low-income households.

More information and detailed program guidelines are available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance or call toll-free 1-844-780-8925.

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