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The province announces flood funding to help Albertans rebuild

The Redford government is announcing more details for flood assistance and mitigation measures.

The province announced today that all eligible homeowners affected by the June flood will receive financial support.

If the cost of repairs is greater than the cost of rebuilding, the Disaster Recovery Program will provide the support for a complete rebuild.

The level of funding will be based on the cost of construction to a funcitional, basic level finish.

Some examples of basic level finish include vinyl siding, asphalt singles, standard efficeny furnance, and basic quality carpet, cabinet and laminate countertops.

As well, the government is promising to reduce flood damage caused by future floods through the introduction of new Minimum Individual Flood Mitigation Measures.

The measures give applicants from flood fringe areas the information necessary to qualify for future Disaster Recovery Program assistance.

These measures include refinish with materials and finishes that resist water damage and are cleanable, seal all openings in the basement where piping, wiring and conduits come through.

As well, protection of electrical services in the basement in order to quickly restore electrical function and protecting plumbing fixtures and equipment from back flow from the public sewers.

The Disaster Recovery Program will fund mitigation measures by adding an additional 15 per cent to calculated home repairs, however if the cost is more the province has promised additional funding.

Also announced today is protection for future buyers who may purchase in a flood fringe area.

A notice will be placed at Land Titles stating if the property is in the flood fringe or floodway and if the property utilized the 2013 Disaster Recovery Program.

In statement released today, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Doug Griffiths says the government wants to help rebuild safer homes and strong communities in Alberta.

Adding that this is a practical way for homeowners and small businesses to better protect their property from flood damage in the future and help those affected by the flood get back on their feet.
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