Damage caused by the August 11 mudslides at a trailer park on Old Cariboo Road in Cache Creek. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Damage caused by the August 11 mudslides at a trailer park on Old Cariboo Road in Cache Creek. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Disaster Financial Assistance available for local victims of August 11–12 mudslides

Bonaparte Indian Band, Cache Creek, and Ashcroft residents and businesses can apply for help.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District — including Cache Creek, the Village of Ashcroft, and the Bonaparte Indian Band — which may have been affected by the landslides that occurred from August 11–12, 2018.

DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations, and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Applications for this DFA event in Thompson-Nicola Regional District Electoral Areas E, J, and I (including First Nations and incorporated communities within this geographic area) must be submitted to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) by November 28, 2018.

British Columbians can access the DFA application at http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance.

DFA is available to qualifying homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farm owners, and charitable organizations. Applicants should be aware of the following:

* Financial assistance is provided for each accepted claim at 80 per cent of the amount of total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000, to a maximum claim of $300,000.

* Claims may be made in more than one category (e.g., homeowner and farm owner).

* A homeowner or residential tenant must show that the home is their principal residence.

* Seasonal or recreational properties, hot tubs, patios, pools, garden tools, landscaping, luxury items (like jewellery, fur coats, and collectibles), and recreational items (like bicycles) are not eligible for assistance.

* Small business owners and farm owners must demonstrate it is their primary source of income.

* Charitable organizations must provide a benefit of service to the community at large.

Assistance is also available to local governments for:

* Emergency response measures authorized by EMBC by response task number, including incremental costs associated with their emergency operations centre. Financial assistance is provided for each accepted response claim at 100 per cent. Completed response claim summaries and supporting documentation must be sent to the respective EMBC regional office.

* Recovery measures to replace essential materials and rebuild or replace essential public infrastructures to the condition it was in before the disaster. Assistance is provided for each accepted recovery claim at 80 per cent of the amount of total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000.



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