Huntsville residents won’t be receiving any provincial funding to cover private property damage stemming from a significant rain event in August.
On August 22nd, 2017 Huntsville experienced a significant rain fall event. The Town of Huntsville issued a survey August 25 on behalf of the Province, to collect information on the impact of the rain event on permanent residences, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations, and for the Province to determine if a Provincial Disaster Assessment Team (PDAT) should be sent to further assess the damage.
When the ministry assesses flood damage, it looks for significant costs – such as major damage to essential mechanical systems (e.g. electrical systems and furnaces) – or the loss of essential appliances such as hot water heaters, washers and dryers. This is because the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program only covers damage to essential property and the cost of returning property to a basic standard.
The Town of Huntsville received notice November 22, 2017 that the Province is not deploying an assessment team for the August 22nd rain event.
“The survey data provided by residents showed that, while most of the properties impacted would be potentially eligible, as principal residences, the eligible damage under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program would be limited to clean-up of these properties,” said Alison Coke, Manager, Local Government and Housing for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Housing, “In light of this, the determination that residents’ private insurance would cover much of the damage reported and Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program is not intended to replace private property insurance, a PDAT will not be activated for this event.”
For more information on the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program please visit mah.gov.on.ca