HALDIMAND COUNTY, ONT. — Haldimand County will receive up to $4.5 million in provincial disaster recovery funding to help repair roads, bridges, drainage infrastructure and damage along the shoreline caused by a severe weather event in 2019.
The financial support is being provided through the Ontario government’s Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program, which helps municipalities address extraordinary emergency response costs as well as damage to essential property or infrastructure like bridges, roads and public buildings, as a result of a natural disaster.
On Oct. 31, 2019, strong winds combined with existing high-water levels on Lake Erie, resulted in destructive waves and severe flooding in the county, indicates a release.
“The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program is an important source of funding for municipalities who have suffered extensive damage due to unexpected natural disasters,” said Steve Clark, minister of municipal affairs and housing, in a statement. “The program ensures that municipalities, like Haldimand, do not face unfair financial burdens as a result of natural disasters beyond their control.”