Feb. 19, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is putting in place a recovery program for residents, small businesses and municipalities that sustained property damage as a result of the Jan. 2-3 storm surge along the southeastern coast of Westmorland County.
The storm caused water levels to increase by 1.7 m (five feet), resulting in waves and coastal flooding that damaged many homes and businesses. The largest concentration of damage occurred in Port Elgin.
The program consists of health and safety inspections; and disaster financial assistance. The inspections will help determine if there are any outstanding issues that could affect the health and safety of residents; the financial assistance program for eligible applicants will help cover the cost of necessary repairs.
To take advantage of the program, residents must register their damages through Service New Brunswick. They may do so by telephone, 1-888-298-8555; lines are open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. They may also go online.
Once registered, residents will be provided with an information package and the documentation necessary to file a claim for financial assistance.
Approved claims are subject to a deductible of $1,000 for individual homeowners and $5,000 for small businesses. The deductible is automatically waived for social services clients. Those who are in immediate financial need may apply for an advance payment of up to $4,000. The program does not cover damage to recreational properties.
Details about the program, including eligibility criteria and advice on flood recovery, are online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267; New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, 1-800-561-4034.