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County receives Disaster Recovery Program funding for flooding

Provincial program helps Lac La Biche County repair infrastructure and private citizens rebuild

Post Date:10/09/2020 12:19 PM

In early June 2020, Lac La Biche County experienced extreme amounts of rainfall, which resulted in flooding throughout the region. Public infrastructure (like roads, culverts, and bridges) was damaged, as were residents’ private properties.

Given the scope of the emergency, Lac La Biche County applied to the provincial Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) for funding by late June 2020. At the end of September, the County received approval. The program provides financial assistance for disasters that cause uninsurable losses or damages. The funding will reimburse disaster response costs, and restore damaged public infrastructure related to the flooding that occurred from June 3 to 8, 2020.

Private citizens in Lac La Biche County can also apply for DRP compensation for damages to homes and residential properties, small businesses, and agricultural operations caused by the June 3 to 8, 2020 flooding incident. Each resident in Lac La Biche County seeking compensation must independently apply to the province by following the instructions on www.alberta.ca/DRP. Applications must be made on or before December 23, 2020.

“We’re grateful to the Government of Alberta for providing us with DRP funding after this destructive flooding incident, and we appreciated the chance to work with a variety of helpful and friendly Municipal Affairs staff on the application,” says Mayor Omer Moghrabi. “This funding will be put to good use, bringing our infrastructure back to the standard of excellence and safety that our residents expect. We also hope residents will apply for compensation if they were affected.”

Citizens looking for more information can call 1-888-671-1111 or email drp.info@gov.ab.ca.