Manitoba Rolls Out Flood Compensation Package

The Manitoba government unveiled its extensive compensation program Tuesday for those affected by spring flooding.

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Vehicles evacuate the Roseau River First Nation on Sunday, April 24, 2011 due to flooding. (JULY MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

The Flood 2011 Building and Recovery Action Plan is a three-part strategy worth $175 million.

Property owners and farmers affected by water from the Red and Assiniboine Rivers will be compensated in the range of $60 million to $70 million.

Premier Greg Selinger noted improvements will be made to better handle future floods, including upgrades to the Shellmouth reservoir and dikes around the province.

“Our priority is helping families, businesses and communities deal with the flood and come out of this stronger,” Selinger said.  “The (plan) is focused on flood mitigation, economic recovery, infrastructure renewal and compensation.”

Families living near the Hoop and Holler Bend, where a controlled release of water spilled out just over a week ago, will be compensated for their losses. Residents living on Lake Manitoba will also see provincial money flow their way.

To learn more, visit Manitoba.ca, e-mail floodrecovery@masc.mb.ca or phone 1-855-220-1822.

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