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A quarter of 2020 flood compensation claims in Westman have been paid

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: June 14, 2021 05:39

Province received 500 private sector applications

Image - flooding in Minnedosa in spring 2020

Epic rain between June 28 and July 5, 2020 caused widespread flooding in western and southern Manitoba impacting the Brandon, Rivers, and Neepawa areas. 

The 1-in-1,000-year event nearly caused the failure of the dam near Rivers, and during the storm, the swollen Little Saskatchewan River made its way to the Assiniboine River, which impacted Minnedosa, Rapid City, and Rivers.

Last week's heavy rain in the region, and reports of basement flooding in Brandon, prompted questions about compensation payments for 2020 flood damage. Some residents in the Minnedosa, Rapid City and Rivers areas say they have yet to see any money.  

In response to damages, the Manitoba government created the Severe Weather Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program. In an emailed response to Q Country/Star FM news, the province says "the program received over 500 private sector applications, with a quarter of the claims being paid. We continue to review and process claims and our government has committed efforts in working with communities to determine support required to assist recovery from high water events."

Last fall, the government said it had put aside $29.44 million in the DFA program to help cover flood damages.

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