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Locals offered flood assistance

North Okanagan residents affected by recent flooding could gain some assistance in their recovery.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) funding is now available to residents, business owners, farmers  and charitable organizations affected by flooding in the North Okanagan experienced in June and early July 2102. Certain qualifications may apply.

“The funding is going to be a big boost to some of the local residents that were affected,” said Rick Fairbairn, Electoral Area Advisory Committee chairperson

While the Regional District of North Okanagan submitted the application to Emergency Management British Columbia requesting that the region be declared Disaster Financial Assistance eligible, it will now be up to individuals to submit claims directly to the DFA office.

“All funding and funding decisions will be made by the province,” said Ron Baker, RDNO community protective services manager.

Review the DFA Guidelines at www.pep.bc.ca/dfa_claims/dfa.html and complete the application.

Information and printed copies of guidelines and forms may be obtained from the DFA office at PEP.Funding@gov.bc.ca or by phoning toll free 1-888-257-4777.

The application deadline is Oct. 26. The flooding took place between June 4 and July 5 in Electoral Areas B, C, D, E and F, Spallumcheen, Coldstream, Lumby, Enderby and Armstrong.

 

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