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September 10, 2009 09:44 ET

Government of Canada Announces Final Payment of $7.5 Million to Assist Nova Scotia with 2003 Flood Costs

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada provided a final payment of $7.5 million to the Province of Nova Scotia, under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). This investment will assist with costs incurred after the major flooding that happened in Nova Scotia in 2003.

The Minister made the announcement following a visit to Truro Fire Service, whose firefighters helped with flood relief efforts in 2003.

"This final payment of more than $7.5 million clearly demonstrates this Government's commitment to helping Canadians when natural disasters strike," said Minister Van Loan. "This brings the total federal contribution for the 2003 floods to over $21 million. Once again, by working collaboratively with the provinces, we have made a difference in helping our communities to make a full recovery when faced with natural disasters."

"We thank the federal government for their assistance in helping Nova Scotians who were affected by the floods of 2003," said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management, Nova Scotia. "Along with the provincial contribution of more than $7 million, this investment has gone a long way toward helping the people and the Province rebuild and recover."

On March 31, 2003, unprecedented rainfall combined with spring runoff, caused significant flooding in Nova Scotia. This resulted in extensive damage to provincial, municipal and private property. Floodwaters washed out roads and severely damaged a number of bridges. Several communities were affected including Oxford, Kentville, Truro and Bridgewater.

Minster Van Loan also announced the Government of Canada will share the cost of eligible provincial expenditures for damages caused by heavy rains between August 29 and August 31, 2008 in many parts of Nova Scotia. In this instance overland flooding caused damages to public infrastructure, including roads, culverts, bridges, and provincial park infrastructure as well as private property such as driveways and basements.

For more information on the DFAA program and guidelines, please visit the website

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