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Canada N.B. offers money for cottages damaged in flood

17:52  16 may  2018
17:52  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

'A sigh of (some) relief:' Saint John flood levels could peak today

  'A sigh of (some) relief:' Saint John flood levels could peak today The City of Saint John says flood levels in the region could peak by the end of today. "A sigh of (some) relief may be in sight" for residents affected by historic flooding, the city posted on Twitter around 1:30 p.m. The latest information from New Brunswick River Watch indicates the floodwaters could crest during high tide at 6:30 p.m., with waters beginning to recede "very slowly over the next few days." Officials initially predicted the levels would not peak until Tuesday, when the St. John River was forecast to reach 5.8 metres. It currently stands at 5.7 metres. Flood stage for the region is 4.2 metres.

FREDERICTON -- The New Brunswick government will compensate cottage owners whose properties were damaged by record-breaking flooding , while also requiring people with waterfront properties to develop plans to mitigate against The money can be used for labour and contracted cleanup costs.

FREDERICTON—The New Brunswick government says it will offer a one-time payment to cottage owners whose properties were damaged in recent record-breaking flooding .

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government says it will offer a one-time payment to cottage owners whose properties were damaged in recent record-breaking flooding.

Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey announced the special payment today in Fredericton, weeks after floodwaters first swept through several communities along the Saint John River causing extensive damage to primary and recreational homes.

Harvey says cottage owners must apply for the financial relief and that payments will be capped at $6,100 to help clean up their property.

He says the money will make sure "potential health and safety risks are removed and the natural environment of these communities will be restored."

Historic church struck by lightning, endures flooding year after year

  Historic church struck by lightning, endures flooding year after year A minister in flood-stricken Sheffield is counting her blessings — especially after historically high floodwaters poured into one of the historic churches along the St. John River. Sheffield United Church, about 27 kilometres east of Fredericton, is surrounded by muddy water, with at least two feet of it inside the church at one point. "If you sat in the pews right now you'd have a very wet posterior," said Mary Tingley, the minister. As of Wednesday, water levels in Maugerville had declined to 6.87 metres, still above the flood stage of six metres.

READ MORE: N . B . government urging residents of flooded -out homes to report damage . The river – swollen by heavy rains and snow melt – swamped homes throughout the region and caused some cottages to collapse, with some The money can be used for labour and contracted cleanup costs.

READ MORE: N . B . government urging residents of flooded -out homes to report damage . The river – swollen by heavy rains and snow melt – swamped homes throughout the region and caused some cottages to collapse, with some The money can be used for labour and contracted cleanup costs.

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Claims will be assessed by adjusters after property owners register the damage with the province by phone or online.

About 1,800 people have so far registered with the Disaster Assistance Financial Program, which is for primary residences damaged in the flooding.

N.B. flood recovery costs could hit $80M, minister says .
A major flood that destroyed homes and cottages along the St. John River could cost taxpayers up to $80 million.The New Brunswick government could cover between $10 million and $15 million of those costs, said Andrew Harvey. The  federal government would cover the remainder.

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