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Posted: April 12, 2017

Flooding financial assistance extended to April 10

Flooding in various areas of the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) from March 5 to April 10 has caused property and content damages.

As a result of the damages sustained from this event, provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has been authorized for qualifying claimants, such as home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) announced April 10.

Disaster Financial Assistance has been authorized for all electoral areas and municipalities within the RDEK.

Information about Disaster Financial Assistance is available on the DFA web site. There you will find the DFA Application Form, ‘Disaster Financial Assistance Guidelines for Private Sector’, information bulletins about DFA and insurance and ‘One Step at a time – A Guide to Disaster Recovery’.

EMBC encourages people to submit their applications as soon as possible so that they can have the damage assessment completed promptly. The deadline for EMBC to receive this form is July 9.

For people experiencing rising water, a self-fill sandbag station remains open at the City of Cranbrook Public Works yard on Cobham Avenue. A self-fill sandbag station has also been set up at Centennial Hall in Kimberley for residents wishing to prepare their properties or concerned about high water levels.


Lead image: Some areas of Cranbrook, such as Pop Price Park and Slaterville, are now experiencing some flooding due to drainage bottlenecks causing backups with Hospital Creek and Jim Smith Creek. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW photos

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