Provincial Government Assistance for Residents in the West Carleton Flood ZonePublished on May 20, 2019
1. DRAO program
2. ESA relief
3. Task Force review
May 20, 2019 / WEST CARLETON -- Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton has been working with her provincial government colleagues and officials at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) to ensure West Carleton residents get the most up-to-date information about services the provincial government can offer for residents and businesses impacted by the flood.
MPP Fullerton notes that MMAH staff have been onsite in the flood zone for weeks assisting local residents. She is pleased the Ontario Premier has visited West Carleton and has met with local residents and seen for himself the state of properties along the Ottawa and Mississippi Rivers. [See MPP Fullerton release on the Premier’s response during his visit April 28.)
The MPP has visited the flood zone multiple times, assessing the relief efforts, helping at the sandbag stations, and visiting with residents, volunteers and first responders. “We are fortunate to have such generous volunteers and dedicated first responders. Thank you so much to those who have been on the ground through the last month. Your help is greatly appreciated,” says Fullerton.
Merrilee Fullerton details three Ontario Government initiatives providing some relief to residents impacted by the flood waters.
1. The Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program is financial relief beyond any insurance coverage for local residents affected by recent flooding. The DRAO 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. Residents will have until September 4, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.
The DRAO forms have been simplified and shortened and MMAH officials are available to residents requiring assistance in completing the forms. To find out more about the program and one’s eligibility, the program guidelines are available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or call 1-844-780-8925 or email email@example.com after speaking with your private insurance provider.
To read MPP Fullerton’s May 11th release on the modified DROA program, click here.
2. The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) will be waiving its reconnection fees effective immediately in regard to the restoration of electrical services to houses in flood damaged areas of West Carleton. This will save residents hundreds of dollars of service fees when restoring power to their homes. For more information the toll free ESA customer phone number is 1-877-372-7233 or visit the ESA website at:
To read MPP Fullerton’s May 7th release on the ESA relief, click here.
3. The Premier has established an Ontario Government internal task force assembled to investigate how Ontarians can better prepare for floods and respond to them when they happen. All are welcome to make comments and observations for consideration by the task force. Your feedback will help us identify ways to help make our communities more resilient to extreme spring flooding.
Impacted local residents are asked to email the provincial government and/or complete the online survey which will remain open until June 14th, 2019. Full information on this initiative can be found on the Ontario Government webpage: “Consultation: Improving the province's resilience to flooding”
MPP Fullerton also encourages anyone who requires assistance in accessing provincial government programs and information to contact her Community Office to talk with her local staff at 613-599-3000, or email her office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merrilee Fullerton thanks volunteers and first responders. "Thank you so much to those who have been on the ground through the last month. Your help is greatly appreciated."
Media Contact for Merrilee Fullerton, MPP:
Tiffany Lepack 613-599-3000
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