The federal government is providing Manitoba with a $50 million advance payment for the response and recovery costs associated with this spring’s flood.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews made the announcement Monday, saying the payment will come under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) program.
“This year has been challenging for the Province of Manitoba, and the response and recovery expenses incurred throughout the spring and summer related to flooding have been significant,” Toews said in a statement.
“The unprecedented 2011 spring flood will go down in history as one of the worst floods our province has ever seen, and for some the flood is still not over — many evacuees have yet to return home,” said Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.
Ottawa is also providing $63.6 million for flood protection and recovery costs on Manitoba first nations.