Amherstburg residents who experienced severe flooding in August may be eligible for financial assistance from the Province’s Disaster Recovery Assistance Program.
The province announced Tuesday it was activating the program for all of Amherstburg and Essex as well as portions of Lakeshore and Kingsville in response to the flooding event in August.
Environment Canada reported that up to 180 millimetres of rain fell between Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie from August 23 to August 25, with an astonishing 214 millimetres measured in Harrow, said the Province.
“The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization,” said a provincial press release. “It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster not covered by insurance.”
Howard Ave. closed just north of County Road 10 (Middle Side Road) as road is flooded in 7500 block. Avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/xVVsqUd5cS— River Town Times (@RTT_Amherstburg) August 25, 2023
Eligible costs covered by the program include emergency expenses, cleanup expenses and costs to repair or replace essential property, like furnaces and hot water heaters, not covered by insurance.
The program does not cover “non-essential costs such as refinishing basement recreation rooms or restoring landscaping, fencing, retaining walls, docks, or boathouses,” according to a government information sheet.
The program is not intended to replace insurance coverage. Insurance payments are deducted from eligible costs.
Residents have until March 27, 2024 to apply for assistance through the program.
Residents with questions can also call 1-877-822-0116 or email [email protected] after speaking with their private insurance provider.
Read the government information sheet for homeowners and tenants!
Read the government information sheet for farms and small business owners!