More flood funding is available
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | June 28, 2017
The Red Cross is offering a second round of funding for Minden flood victims starting this past Monday (June 19) by assessing further household needs.
“This additional support will help individuals and families recover from the floods and can be used to cover costs that won’t be covered by other funding sources,” the Township of Minden Hills said in a media release this week.
It could include reconstruction and relocation, health, transportation, children’s and occupational needs.
To be eligible, households must be registered with the Red Cross and validated as a flood‐impacted household.
If people have already registered, they will be contacted to determine their eligibility for this next stage of recovery assistance and to determine how they would like to continue the assessment process (phone or face‐to‐face).
If impacted households have not registered and wish to determine if they are eligible for Red Cross assistance, they should visit redcross.ca/gethelp or call 1‐800‐863‐6582.
Eligibility will be based on municipally-assessed property values of flood‐impacted residences. In Ontario, properties valued at a maximum of $500,000 and lower will be eligible. Properties higher than the maximum value do not qualify. There are a number of criteria to determine how much additional financial assistance each registered household is eligible to receive. Amounts per household will vary, depending on each family’s situation, including vulnerability and need.
In other news, the township said fees are currently being waived for demolishing, renovating or rebuilding flood-affect property. However, people must still get a permit. Visit mindenhills.ca/building-bylaw- planning/permits/ to download the “When is a Building Permit Required” information sheet for a list of common projects that require a permit. Contact or visit the building department, at 7 Milne St., Minden, or call 705-286-1260 Ext. 211.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.