Flood victims can apply for disaster relief through the province
Published Monday, October 3, 2016 10:43AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 3, 2016 4:06PM EDT
Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro will meet with Windsor-Essex mayors today and tour flood damaged areas.
Mauro was speaking about the relief options at Windsor City Hall with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara and Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain.
Ontario has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in these communities due to recent flooding. Mauro says residents are able to apply for disaster relief through the province.
Affected individuals, small businesses, farmers and not-for-profit organizations who have experienced essential property damage or loss as a result of this disaster may be eligible to receive help with expenses.
More information and detailed program guidelines are available at ontario.ca/disasterassistance.
Flooding related to sewer backup is not eligible for assistance under Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians, except for applications that meet the criteria under special provisions for low-income households.
Those affected by the flooding may also call toll-free at 1-844-780-8925 for more information about the program.
Residents of Windsor and Tecumseh are still cleaning up after being hit hard by flooding after over 200 millimetres of rain fell in some areas.
Dilkens says the city's 311 call centre received 1,900 flood-related calls on Saturday alone.
He says there's special garbage pickup for homes affected by floods east of Walker Road this Friday.
Tecumseh has also arranged additional waste pick-up this week. Original yard waste pick-up will be switched over to flood debris pick-up immediately with additional limited waste pick-up on Tuesday.
Regularly scheduled waste pick-up will continue Thursday.
In Lakeshore, all residents who have put out garbage related to flood damage will have it picked up on the standard garbage day.
The town says this includes large items such as furniture and materials such as drywall and carpeting. Construction material (such as paneling) must have nails along with other hazards removed and bundled in a manner for safe handling.
The rain fell intermittently from Sept. 28 through Sept. 30, and the mayors of Windsor and Tecumseh declared states of emergency.
With files from The Canadian Press.