Province to help flood victims in the Northeast

Areas around the Peace River Region were hit with upwards of 160 millimetres of rain that washed out roads and flooded several homes and businesses.

The Province says financial assistance will be made available for eligible homeowners, residential tenants, farms, small businesses and charitable organizations.

The Disaster Financial Assistance program will cover 80 per cent of claims between $1,000 and $300,000.

Communities all across the Peace suffered at least some flood damage, but some of the hardest hit areas were in and around Chetwynd. The District had to deal with overflowing creeks and some road washouts.

Peace River Regional District officials had said that flooding was so bad in some areas, that approximately nine families west of Chetwynd near Highway 97 that were completely cut off for several days until road access was restored.

Local governments may even be eligible to apply for the assistance. The Province says the local governments that will be considered for DFA are:

The City of Dawson Creek
The City of Fort. St. John
The District of Chetwynd
The District of Taylor
The District of Tumbler Ridge
Hudson's Hope
Electoral Area B – on an east/west line south from Pink Mountain
Electoral Areas C, D and E

DFA application forms, guidelines and more information about the program are available at www.pep.bc.ca or by calling 1 888 257-4777. The deadline for submitting DFA applications is Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.