Sept. 19, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Victims of recent flooding in southern New Brunswick as a result of post-tropical storm Hanna may now apply for disaster financial assistance, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran announced today.
Similar to the recovery effort from earlier this year, the program is being co-ordinated through Service New Brunswick. To report damage or apply for assistance, residents may call the Service New Brunswick toll-free line at 1-888-298-6555, or register online at http://www.snb.ca/EMO. They will then be given an information package and any required paperwork to initiate an assistance claim.
"We are ensuring that all New Brunswickers affected by the recent flooding will have access to the resources they need to be safe," Foran said. "Electrical inspectors have been working in the affected areas over the past few weeks, and the establishment of disaster financial assistance is the next step in the recovery process."
The financial assistance offered is intended to help homeowners, small businesses and municipalities recover from the event. Details of what is covered are posted online at http://www.gnb.ca/public/flood-e.asp.
Once approved for disaster financial assistance, an individual homeowner must pay for the first $1,000 worth of damage. This $1,000 deductible is automatically waived for social services clients. Small businesses are subject to a deductible of $5,000.
If a resident cannot pay the deductible amount, he or she may apply to the minister of public safety, through the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, to have the amount waived. However, this only applies to severe hardship circumstances. Applications for waiver of the deductible must include a copy of the resident's income tax return for last year.
In limited circumstances, where it can be demonstrated that there is an urgent need by a resident or tenant to replace personal property (a wheelchair, medical equipment, etc.), an advance payment may also be granted.
To apply for an advance payment, contact the NB-EMO Disaster Financial Assistance Office at 1-800-561-4034, or online at http://www.gnb.ca/public/Advancepayment-e.asp.
The Service New Brunswick call centre may be reached at 1-888-298-8555, and will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Residents may also apply online at www.snb.ca/EMO.
Additional self-help information and advice on flood recovery is available from the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by telephone at 1-800-561-4034, or online at www.gnb.ca/RiverWatch.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Public Safety, 506-444-5267; New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, 506-453-2133, or 1-800-561-4034.