Heavy rainfall, overland flooding and damaging winds experienced in Brandon this summer has led city council to request disaster financial assistance.
Brian Kayes, the city’s director of risk and emergency management, appeared before council on Monday night to summarize the storms experienced in June and July.
“The ground is supersaturated, which continues to cause seepage to flow into buildings,” Kayes stated in his report to council.
“More than 120 residents reported having water in their homes and more than 100 trees damaged from this particular storm.”
The storms along with the flood threat from the Assiniboine River have caused considerable problems for privately and publicly owned properties across the city.
Disaster financial assistance programs are funded by the federal government and administered through the province.
Kayes said he is meeting with a representative regarding DFA today, and expects to have the procedure finalized for residents within a few days.
Residents are reminded to take photos of any damage on their property, to keep notes, keep track of the time frame, who was involved helping them and keep all receipts for any purchases related to cleanup.
Council unanimously passed the resolution to request that Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization provide disaster financial assistance to the city and its citizens.
“It’s unfortunate we’re looking at a second DFA claim through this council’s term… but it is something I think is necessary to have the assistance they need,” said Coun. Stephen Montague (Richmond).
“Taking the steps that we need to do as a council to implement this program … is diligent on our part.”
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 8, 2014