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April 29, 2010 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Assists Alberta With 2007 Flood Costs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety Canada, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Southern Alberta, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women as well as Minister Responsible for Northern Alberta, today announced that the Government of Canada will cost share eligible provincial expenditures incurred by the Province of Alberta through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) for damages caused by heavy rainfall throughout the southern and central areas of the province on June 5, 2007.

"This is a good example of the federal and provincial governments working together to help Canadians and communities get back on their feet after a large natural disaster," said Minister Prentice. "The response and recovery expenses incurred by Alberta placed a significant burden on the local economy."

"I am pleased that the Government of Canada will share in the cost of damages to public and private property caused by this event," said Minister Ambrose. "This is one way in which we provide the best assistance possible to Canadians when they need it." 

Heavy rainfall on June 5, 2007, caused widespread flooding in Edmonton, Calgary, St. Albert, and Stony Plain, as well as in several counties and municipal districts. The flooding resulted in structural damages and losses for many Alberta residences, small businesses and institutions, as well as infrastructure damages to roads, storm sewers and parks.

The Province of Alberta has indicated that the initial estimate of the damages caused by the flood is approximately $18 million. The federal share will be determined in accordance with the DFAA Guidelines, which list eligible expenses and include the sharing formula.

For more information on the federal DFAA program and its guidelines, please visit Public Safety Canada's website

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