This important funding is designed to cover losses that were not typically included in insurance policies like property damage, emergency operations, and the costs of cleanup efforts.
Part of the funds has already been disbursed to the affected municipalities. The remaining fund is open for applications from businesses and homeowners till February 26, 2023. The government of Alberta is committed to bearing 90% of the costs, with a cap of $500,000 for individual homeowners. This plan combines the financial capabilities of the government and the beneficiaries to ensure effective recovery from the disaster.
A local state of emergency was declared by the town of Whitecourt, one of the worst-hit by the floods. The town’s projected recovery costs are estimated between $2.6 million and $3 million. Mayor Tom Pickard was appreciative of the provincial support, which he recognized as important for the town’s recovery. He noted the government’s responsibility towards its citizens and commended the effective partnership with the provincial administration.
Apart from the provincial funds, Alberta received federal funding for disaster mitigation. Meanwhile, Minister of Public Safety, Mike Ellis, pointed out the limited scope of these funds when distributed throughout the country. Despite the constraints, the provincial and federal governments are collaborating to ensure the most effective use of resources in disaster recovery and mitigation efforts.
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