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July 11, 2009 15:54 ET

Government of Canada Assists With 2007 Flood Costs in Yukon

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - July 11, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, joined the Honourable Archie Lang, Minister of Community Services, to announce the Government of Canada's interim payment to Yukon under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). The money will assist with costs incurred as a result of extensive flooding in the territory in the spring and summer of 2007.

"I am pleased to announce this payment of $500,000 toward response and recovery costs incurred by Yukon as a result of floods in the Southern Lakes region in 2007," said Minister Van Loan. "Our government is dedicated to working collaboratively with the provinces and territories to ensure that communities can make a full recovery after natural disasters strike."

"I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Yukon government employees, the residents and all the volunteers who helped the community tremendously by filling sand bags, building sandbag dikes, and supporting their neighbours," said Minister Lang. "By working together we can all make a difference when faced with natural disasters."

During the spring and summer of 2007, the Southern Lakes region of Yukon experienced extensive flooding, resulting in damages to private property and public infrastructure, including road washouts and threats to water services. Record level water in the lake system, high snow packs and above normal temperatures led to flooding that affected the communities of Marsh Lake, Tagish, Carcross and Lake Laberge and required the evacuation of some residents.

Additional DFAA payments for the 2007 flood will be made at the request of the territory as further eligible expenditures are approved.

For more information on the DFAA program and guidelines, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    Yukon Government
    Cabinet Communications
    Roxanne Vallevand
    867-633-7949
    or
    Community Services
    Communications
    Matt King
    867-456-6580