Redford government supports flood-affected municipalities
The province is supporting the rebuilding efforts of six municipalities impacted by the floods with nearly $27 million in disaster recovery funds.
The total amount of disaster assistance provided to communities for flood recovery is now almost $87 million.
"Municipalities in southern Alberta faced huge costs in responding to the floods, and we're here to help them rebuild. More money will be coming in the weeks ahead as other municipal applications are processed. Our government is proud to support the incredible rebuilding efforts happening in so many communities."
The following communities were issued cheques September 6 to help them cover uninsurable damage to public infrastructure, as well as clean-up and emergency response costs:
- Town of Turner Valley ($5 million)
- MD of Big Horn ($1.45 million)
- Municipality of Crowsnest Pass ($1.86 million)
- Town of Okotoks ($2 million)
- Town of Black Diamond ($7 million)
- City of Medicine Hat ($9.66 million)
The province also provided $50 million to the Town of High River just six days after the floods hit and $10 million to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on July 26.
Other flood-impacted municipalities are eligible for disaster recovery funding, but are still completing assessments of damage and associated costs.
This municipal support is part of the government’s overall disaster response, which includes:
- Processing more than 8,300 individual applications for disaster recovery support, including 2,145 initial disaster recovery payments to individual Albertans totaling more than $9.5 million.
- Distributing $70 million in immediate support to almost 40,000 Albertans forced from their homes.
- Putting temporary classrooms in place for students while the three schools most impacted by the floods are repaired.
- Providing approximately 1,100 Albertans with long-term accommodations in temporary neighbourhoods in High River and Siksika First Nation.
- Repairing 857 of 985 kilometres to date of provincial roads and bridges closed as a result of damage.
- Answering more than 19,000 calls to the Alberta Flood Information Line.
Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.