Disaster Financial Assistance Program announced

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FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has announced a Disaster Financial Assistance Program for eligible costs associated with damage caused last summer by Post-tropical Storm Arthur.
“Our government has approved financial assistance for the recovery from this storm,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Several municipalities incurred unforeseen expenses. By covering some of these expenses, the province is easing the burden on the affected communities and their residents.
 
“We need to ensure the province is always prepared for such cases of extreme weather,” he said. “Improving public communications and conducting post-event reviews will allow us to bring forward ongoing improvements.”
 
On July 5 Post-tropical Storm Arthur made landfall in New Brunswick, bringing heavy rain and wind. The storm caused widespread damage and unprecedented power outages.
The storm caused significant damage to public infrastructure with recovery costs estimated to be about $12.6 million.
 
“Now that we have determined a Disaster Financial Assistance program is appropriate in this case, homeowners and business operators will have until Feb. 20 to apply for assistance,” said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman. “Most damage caused to private properties during Arthur is considered wind damage and should be covered by insurance. We encourage anyone who suffered damages to speak with their insurance company. If you suffered damage that is not covered under an insurance policy, get in contact with our recovery team at the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization so they can assess your eligibility.”
 
To report damage related to Post-tropical Storm Arthur call 1-888-553-8558.
 
Disaster Financial Assistance helps communities and residents get back on their feet after a disaster. It covers losses that threaten the health and safety of individuals and communities.
More information on the program is available online.
 
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