The city expects to recover a total of $4.4 million in disaster financial assistance from the 2011 flood after spending $5.5 million to hold back the swollen Assiniboine River, city treasurer Dean Hammond said.
Of that anticipated $4.4 million, more than $791,000 has already been recovered by the city, as it was an advance payment, Hammond said. The remaining paperwork to be filed with the province will be to recover nearly $3.6 million.
Hammond said the $1.5 million was spent on Phase 1 flood-fighting costs, which cover the dike construction prior to the state of local emergency being declared. The city was already set to be 90 per cent covered for by the province, once the province deemed it an appropriate response to the rising water, Hammond said.
Phase 2 includes the $4 million in costs incurred during the state of emergency period. The final phase deals with the cleanup costs left over once water receded, and those costs are basically covered at a 100 per cent rate unless the work is covered by insurance. The city listed approximately 60 sites where repairs were required to city-owned property because of the flood.
The report, presented to Brandon City Council on Monday, added that the city won’t be able to recover salaries paid at their regular rates, as well as $153,000 in initial dike construction costs. The city also had to pay approximately $2.50 per city resident as a required deductible charge, resulting in an approximately $104,000 expenditure. The city also accounted for the possibility some of the claims will be denied.
“In previous DFA claims, that’s how it worked,” Hammond said. “You submit everything you can, knowing they will reject some of it.”
Hammond said while regular salaries are not recoverable under disaster financial assistance, overtime salaries are, and were included.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 15, 2012