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March 23, 2009 14:16 ET

Government of Canada to Assist With Windstorm Costs in Manitoba

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety today announced that the Government of Canada will share the cost of eligible expenditures incurred by Manitoba through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) for damages caused by a windstorm in the Red River Valley area in 2008.

"The Government of Canada works closely with the affected provinces and territories when natural disasters strike," said Minister Van Loan. "Our first priority is to protect 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 the recovery expenses associated with the severe windstorm in south central Manitoba in 2008."

On May 16 and 17, 2008, sustained high winds of up to 85 kilometres per hour resulted in damage to infrastructure and the accumulation of soil in ditches bordering municipal roads. Six rural municipalities in south central Manitoba were affected, and local authorities worked to clear the soil and to restore drainage.

The province estimated the recovery costs to be approximately $2.1 million which would include the restoration of drainage for municipal roads in affected areas.

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

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