Flood aid will start to take shape
Thunder Bay’s flood disaster committee will consider requests from flood victims for “immediate” relief in the amount of $500 per property, the city says.
Though the committee is just starting and won’t have its first meeting until Friday, city clerk John Hannam said Wednesday that affected residents may be able to apply for the immediate relief allocation before the end of the month.
Once the committee has appointed a leader and figured out how it’s going to function, it will publish notices on how eligible applicants can apply, said Hannam.
He said the committee will probably exist for a year.
One of the committee’s biggest jobs is to fundraise, since the province has pledged to match any money the committee raises on a scale of 2-1.
Residents who qualify for immediate relief can also apply for additional funds under a more formal application process.
The money is to be made available to those who have no insurance, or found out after the flood that their insurance coverage did not apply to what they lost.
Up to 1,000 residents are in that boat, said Hannam, and the city has been advised that as many as 5,000 properties have been affected by the flood in minor or major ways.
He said the city is aware that some residents lost furnaces, fridges and other major appliances when a massive rain storm hit the district two weeks ago and left many with flooded basements and sewage backups.
It could take a few months before full applications have been reviewed and any money beyond the immediate relief amounts are paid out, said Hannam.
The City of Thunder Bay has committed $500,000 for flood-related issues. The province said last week it would make up to $16 million available after it declared the city a disaster zone.
Meanwhile, soggy conditions and more rainfall two weeks after the flood have created more trouble on some roads and highways
Following is Wednesday’s road advisory:
• Highway 804 near Ear Falls: 2.2-kilometre washout west of Highway 105; to be repaired by this morning.
• Ware Township: Washout at Gus Wuori Road between Hansen Road and Salmi Road; to be repaired by this afternoon.
• Mountain Road between Fort William Country Club entrance and White Fox Inn: Sink hole repair to take five days. Detour via City Road to the White Fox Inn, or via 15th Sideroad.
• Twin City Crossroad sink hole near Northern Lights Golf Course was to be repaired by Wednesday night; culvert repairs to take place on same section beginning June 20.