Hail storm/flash flood in Cache Creek on May 23. Old Cariboo Rd. turned to mud by the surrounding hills.

Province announces financial assistance for Cache Creek flooding victims

Victims of the flash flood in Cache Creek on May 23 can apply for Disaster Financial Assistance from the province.

Financial assistance available for Cache Creek flooding victims

VICTORIA - Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to

eligible British Columbians in Cache Creek and the surrounding area who

may have been impacted from the major flooding that occurred this past

weekend.

DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business

owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local governments who

were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Applications for DFA must be submitted to Emergency Management BC

(EMBC) by Aug. 24, 2015. British Columbians can access the DFA

application form at: www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/dfa_claims/dfa.html

Facts about Disaster Financial Assistance:

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% 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 jewelry, fur coats and

collectibles), and recreational items (like bicycles) are not eligible

for assistance.

* Small business owners and farm owners must demonstrate the property

is their primary source of income. Owners of damaged rental property

must apply and qualify as a small business.

* 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%. 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% of the amount of total eligible damage that exceeds

$1,000.

 

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