Heavy rainfall and snow melt have led to severe flooding across central Ontario. Several dozen primary homes and small businesses in Armour, Ryerson, and Burk’s Falls have been impacted. Local officials stated that the flood-waters reached levels they haven’t seen since Hurricane Hazel in the 1950s. The flooding also led to multiple road closures throughout Parry Sound District.
“Our government is acting swiftly and notifying the District of Parry Sound that we have activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in defined areas within the Township of Armour, the Township of Ryerson, and the Village of Burk’s Falls that were recently affected by overland flooding. The safety of those affected by this natural disaster is our government’s top priority” says Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster that are not covered by insurance. To find out if they are eligible for assistance, if they are in the activation area and for next steps, individuals, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations should review the map and program guidelines available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or call 1-844-780-8925 or email email@example.com after speaking with their private insurance provider.
“I am pleased that DRAO has been activated for the areas of the Township of Armour, the Township of Ryerson and the Village of Burk’s Falls that have been impacted by the extreme flooding this spring,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller. “I have visited the area to see the damage first hand and hear from the residents. While I know it will take time to recover and rebuild, this should make it easier for some of the people who had to evacuate or who sustained damage in this flooding.”
Residents will have until September 11, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.
The province is continuing to assess damage across parts of central, eastern and northeastern Ontario that have been impacted by flooding.