Kootenays flooding eligible for disaster financial assistance
Municipalities and regional districts in the Kootenays will be breathing a bit easier this afternoon after Emergency Management BC (EMBC) announced areas impacted by overland flooding between June 19 and 21 are eligible for disaster financial assistance.
“Those impacted by the following recent disaster or emergency event(s) may be eligible to apply for disaster financial assistance,” noted the EMBC earlier today.
When British Columbia has declared an event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA), the DFA program can provide financial assistance to restore uninsurable private property and/or public infrastructure damaged in the disaster. Recommendations for DFA are made to Emergency Management BC by local authorities. Citizens are directed to contact their local authority if they have been impacted by a disaster or emergency event.
To be eligible for assistance, the damage must be from an event that is uninsurable including overland flooding and groundwater seepage. Insurable damages, such as sewer or sump pit back-up, water entry from above ground including roofs, windows or other areas of the building that are not at ground level, are not eligible for DFA. Snow load, wind, fire and earthquake damage are also insurable and therefore not eligible for assistance.
Damages from certain landslides may be eligible, provided it can be shown that the landslide is the direct result of heavy rainfall or other sudden catastrophic event, and not caused by pre-existing slope instability.
Read Summary of DFA Program [PDF] for a summary of what applicants should be aware of before applying for assistance.
The following areas are eligible for assistance from overland flooding:
Regional District East Kootenay
Village of Canal Flats
City of Cranbrook
District of Elkford
City of Fernie
District of Invermere
City of Kimberley
Village of Radium Hot Springs
District of Sparwood
St. Mary’s Band
Columbia Shuswap Regional District – Electoral Area ‘A’
Town of Golden
Regional District Central Kootenay
Town of Creston
City of Castlegar
Village of Kaslo
Village of Nakusp
City of Nelson
Village of New Denver
Village of Salmo
Village of Silverton
Village of Slocan
There is a 90-day deadline to file applications, ending Sept. 22.
Application Forms and General Information:
General Public / Private Sector (Home Owner, Residential Tenant, Small Business Owner, Farm Owner, Charitable Organization)
Applying for Financial Help After a Disaster [Quick Factsheet – PDF]
Compensation and DFA Regulation (under the Emergency Program Act)
One Step at a Time – A Guide to Disaster Recovery
Cleaning Up After a Flood
Application Form [DOC]
Recovery Plan [XLS]