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March 26, 2009 16:02 ET

Government of Canada to Assist With Flooding Costs in New Brunswick

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety today announced that the Government of Canada will cost share eligible provincial expenditures incurred by New Brunswick through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) for flooding and damages caused by severe storms during the months of August and September of 2008.

"When natural disasters befall Canadians, the Government of Canada works closely with the province or territory to provide the assistance needed," said Minister Van Loan. "Our priority is protecting the safety and security of Canadians. We also assist provinces and territories with the costs of dealing with a natural disaster which places a significant burden on their economy, such as these two rainstorms in 2008 which caused extensive damages to homes, and infrastructure."

From July 31 to August 4, 2008, a severe rainstorm affected the entire province of New Brunswick and caused overland flash flooding in many areas. Continuous showers and intermittent thunderstorms resulted in up to 150 mm of rain accumulating during the five-day period. As a result, the water levels along the upper and middle Saint John River basins increased by 2 to 3.5 metres. Infrastructure damages included municipal roads, local and secondary highways as well as some reported damage to homes and bridges.

The next month, on September 6 and 7, post-tropical storm Hanna brought significant rainfall and strong winds to most of New Brunswick. In the southern areas, the total rainfall over the two days surpassed the 30-year average for the entire month. Infrastructure damages included roads and a rail line washout, as well as localized flooding.

The province has indicated that initial estimates of the damages for these two storms are approximately $1.5 million and $2 million respectively.

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

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