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Disaster Recovery Assistance program activated for those affected by flood

Disaster Recovery Assistance program activated for those affected by flood

The municipality is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program for Kawartha Lakes. Residents with a primary residence in the area, tenants and small business owners may apply for relief under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program.

“We are very pleased that the Ministry has recognized the impact of this year’s flood on our residents. Now that the waters are residing, people need assistance returning to normal and repairing the damage. We want to thank Laurie Scott, MPP for Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton – Brock, for diligently working with Minister Clark’s staff to ensure the needs of Kawartha Lakes’ residents were heard,” commented Mayor Letham.

Full program details and how to apply are available at:

A copy of the application forms are available in printed format at any Municipal Service Centre.

The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster that are not covered by insurance. Affected residents should take photographs of damage and keep all receipts for expenses and repairs for insurance purposes and for the government's application review process. To find out if they are eligible for assistance, if they are in the activation area and for next steps, individuals, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations should review the maps [PDF] and program guidelines available at, or call 1-844-780-8925 or email after speaking with their private insurance provider.

Residents will have until September 4, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.

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