Flooding victims still being asked to report matter to public works

 

(NOTE: This story is an updated version to the one that was posted online last Thursday.)

By RTT Staff

 

Those in Amherstburg who sustained damage thanks to heavy rain Monday night are being encouraged to call the Amherstburg Public Works Department to report it.

Clerk Paula Parker noted as of Thursday afternoon that no insurance claims had been filed to that point with the municipality but people were being asked to report damage to public works. Director of engineering and public works Antonietta Giofu said her department has had 19 calls as of approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.

“We’ve had some flooding in the McGregor area,” she said.

The calls have been mainly due to basement flooding though some calls late Monday evening were due to roadways flooding in the Canard Valley Estates subdivision and Middle Side Road (County Road 10), she stated.

All systems and pumps were functioning properly, said Giofu, but “it was just a massive amount of rain.”

By calling it in to public works, it helps the department document the issue and track what exactly happened. She said representatives from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be in the region Tuesday and that reports of damage would be shared in case relief could be provided.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo posted on his Facebook page that residents are encouraged to call public works.

“If you experienced any flooding from the past heavy rainfall, please contact Public Works at 519-736-3664 to report your damage,” the mayor stated. “I have been notified by the Minister of Municipal Affairs that they should have representatives in the region next week to assess the situation and coordinate possible relief. The Town would like to submit all related information so please let us know. Thank you.”

Damaged goods sit in front of a McGregor home after the storm that hit the area Aug. 28.

DiCarlo told the RTT Tuesday morning that he was told the amount of flooding calls had grown to 33. He said the ministry was coming to the region to get an extent of damage and not to investigate individual homes, so people are still encouraged to call in flooding damage from the storm to the town even if Ministry officials are gone.

“It won’t hurt for us to know who is flooded,” he said. “The more information we have, the better it is for the town.”

The town is awaiting to see how the relief flows from the province, but DiCarlo said any compensation to residents will come from the province.

“Other than being the in-between, the town does not offer any relief as far as flooding goes in the way of compensation,” he said, saying Amherstburg will turn over all information it has to the province.

Amherstburg is looking at a cost sharing program with residents on such things as back water valves and other similar equipment and the mayor said that will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

 

(THURSDAY UPDATE: The Ontario government has notified the City of Windsor and the Towns of Amherstburg, Essex, Lakeshore, LaSalle and Tecumseh in Essex County that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas.

The province advised during the late afternoon Sept. 7 that affected individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of this disaster may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses.

The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a main small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. Damage from sewer backup is not eligible under the program except under special provisions for low-income households.

The government states it “is closely monitoring other areas experiencing flooding across the province. It may activate the program in these areas as flood impacts continue to be assessed in the coming days and weeks.”

More information and detailed program guidelines are available at http://ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance or call toll-free 1-844-780-8925.)

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