September 7, 2019 will be remembered by many as the weather event known as Hurricane Dorian struck our province. The results of the hurricane were felt in both rural and urban communities and varied in strength across the province. Damage resulting from the hurricane also varied across the province. For example: in Halifax the collapse of a crane from one of the construction projects attracted a lot of attention and caused significant damage and loss of property value in the city.

In 2016, a weather event that included extensive flooding, also caused damage in certain parts of the province. As we did then, Government introduced the Disaster Financial Assistance Program to help those who were impacted. This program is designed to help individual property owners, as well as small businesses for uninsured losses.

This Disaster Financial Assistance Program covers up to $200 000/house and there is no deductible. Based on information Government has received from Municipalities and Provincial Departments, the damages are estimated to be $11 million.

Nova Scotians can now apply to this program beginning January 8, 2020. The program is designed to help recover costs to repair or replace uninsurable essential basic property losses. Repair and replacement costs for insured items are not eligible for assistance. Neither is food lost during Hurricane Dorian eligible for assistance. If you are a property owner or a small business owner and you believe you have incurred costs for uninsured losses you many visit the following website for details on the program and how to apply. There is no cost to apply.

Applications are processed through the Emergency Management office and may take 6 – 8 weeks. As additional information is required or if the application is incomplete, process time may take longer. I encourage all property owners and owners of small businesses to visit the website and to determine if they are eligible and to take advantage of this program that Government is offering.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North