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Canada N.B. flood recovery costs could hit $80M, minister says

18:01  18 may  2018
18:01  18 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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.

A major flood that destroyed homes and cottages in the St. John River basin could cost taxpayers up to $ 80 million, the environment and local government minister says . Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey at a briefing on flood cleanup efforts Thursday.

Last week, Peru’s finance minister said reconstruction efforts would cost about billion over three years and begin in the second half of 2017. The recovery process would merit a wider fiscal deficit target, he said , but would not require the country to access debt markets.

a store inside of a building: The windows of this cottage were bashed by waves and debris when Grand Lake rose to record levels.© CBC News The windows of this cottage were bashed by waves and debris when Grand Lake rose to record levels.

A major flood that destroyed homes and cottages in the St. John River basin could cost taxpayers up to $80 million, the environment and local government minister says.

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.

"It's hard to know right today, but based on the properties that could be affected, that's our overall top number projection, somewhat," Harvey said in an interview with Information Morning Fredericton.

A long, complicated wait for normal in N.B.

  A long, complicated wait for normal in N.B. A long, complicated wait for normal in N.B."All the sewage pumping stations are underwater right now," said Oland, who donned rubber boots and hip waders to traverse the knee-high floodwaters so she could retrieve some clothes.

"There was nothing we could really do when the flood came, because all there was was water," said Mark Murchison, owner of Crystal Beach Campground in Westfield Beach, N . B . Flood recovery costs could hit $ 80 M , minister says .

Last week, Peru's finance minister said reconstruction efforts would cost about billion over three years and begin in the second half of 2017. The recovery process would merit a wider fiscal deficit target, he said , but would not require the country to access debt markets.

None of the damage sustained by cottages would be covered by any taxpayer dollars.

As cleanup continues three weeks after the flooding began, the government is estimating as many as 12,000 properties could be affected by the disaster.

The province is running a disaster financial assistance program through the federal government, which helps individuals,  small businesses and municipalities that suffered property damage.

And earlier, the Liberal government announced it would provide up to $6,100 each to recreational property owners, but the money can be used only for cleanup not for any structural damage.

"It's based on the uptake of the programs and the needs of the citizens," said Harvey.

The province is also offering free water testing to property owners impacted by the flood.

Soldiers assessing flood-damaged roads and bridges won't be heaving sandbags

  Soldiers assessing flood-damaged roads and bridges won't be heaving sandbags About 60 soldiers will provide flood relief support to the New Brunswick government in response to a request from Premier Brian Gallant, the Canadian Armed Forces announced on Friday. But the troops from the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown in Oromocto won't be heaving heavy sandbags out of homeowners' yards or doing cleanup work that private companies could be hired to do.They are army engineers who will assess the damage to roads and bridges from the unprecedented flooding in the southern part of the province, and prioritize next steps.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Kerala's road to recovery could be long. Union minister Nitin Gadkari said that the country needs to support the flood - hit state and people must give all that they can to help Kerala recover . "I want to appeal to the citizens the tragedy is not for just one state.

Peru's economy will recover in coming years with investment in construction after recent flooding , likely growing 4.5 percent in 2018 and 5 percent in 2019, Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne said on Wednesday. Previously, the government had expected growth of 4.3 and 4.1 percent for the next two

As well, anyone whose property was damaged can have it reassessed "as it stands today" and get a refund on 2018 property taxes, Harvey said.

"It's the right thing to do," Harvey said.

A review of 'everything'

a person with collar shirt: Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey at a briefing on flood cleanup efforts Thursday.© Kirk Pennell/CBC Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey at a briefing on flood cleanup efforts Thursday.

Harvey said the province will eventually compile a review similar to the ice storm of 2017 in the Acadian Peninsula , a three-day ice storm that caused widespread power outages and claimed two lives.

The report made 51 recommendations aimed at strengthening the government's future responses to natural disasters and emergencies.

The report will look at what caused the damage in the first place, including why so much water came through the watershed.

"We need to do that to be prudent and look at all of those factors that caused this much damage," he said.

Flood fears rising again in southern B.C.

  Flood fears rising again in southern B.C. GRAND FORKS, B.C. - Flood weary residents in southern British Columbia are being told to brace for round two as rising temperatures accelerate the melting of high elevation snowpacks. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says about 3,000 residents remain under an evacuation order due to the threat of a second flood, with rivers expected to rise by mid-week to levels close to those experienced on Thursday. The district is urging property owners in hard hit Grand Forks to keep sand bags in place and be prepared to leave again at a moment's notice.© Provided by thecanadianpress.

Experts say insurance firms could be liable for up to half that sum after Irma damages homes, businesses and key crops. Analysts said about tn of property lay in the storm’s path, and also pointed to the potential Record storm surges and flooding feared in Florida as Hurricane Irma hits .

The 2015 South Indian floods resulted from heavy rainfall generated by the annual northeast monsoon in November–December 2015. They affected the Coromandel Coast region of the South Indian states

Cottagers interviewed by CBC News said this was the first flooding they'd suffered since their buildings went up, some as far back as the 1930s and not on floodplains.

"We need to look at every idea and concern and every suggestion and take it at face value and don't dismiss anything," Harvey said.

New regulations

Debris cleanup continues to be a major challenge following the unprecedented flood. Harvey said another task will be the rebuilding of homes, businesses and cottages that were destroyed.

The province announced Wednesday it will introduce new requirements for people applying for watercourse and wetland alteration permits to rebuild near rivers, streams and brooks.

The so-called WAWA permits are already required for construction within 30 metres of waterways, but they'll now be conditional on builders showing the project can withstand flood damage in the future.

"These floods are not one in 100 years anymore," he said.

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