Assistance Centres Being Established in Peace Region
Prince George, B.C. – Efforts are being made to provide assistance to people who have been impacted by flooding in the Peace region.
Facilities called resiliency centres are being set up by local authorities in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd to assist residents in their recovery and provide access to information about the Province’s Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program. Information about the centres will be relayed to Dawson Creek residents at a town hall meeting Monday night and to Chetwynd residents Tuesday night.
Emergency Management BC has deployed DFA experts to the region to begin assessments of damage and assist qualifying flood victims. DFA is available to eligible residents in Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Pouce Coupe, the First Nations community of Saulteau and the Peace River Regional District who may have been impacted from the major flooding that occurred this past week.
DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local governments who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses. It is available when the losses could not be insured or where other programs are not available, and it helps to replace or restore essential items and property that have been destroyed or damaged to pre-disaster condition.
Applications for DFA must be submitted to Emergency Management BC by September 15, 2016. The application form is available at: http://ow.ly/CKSs301ncgO
Meantime, Premier Christy Clark will be touring some of the flood-damaged areas in Dawson Creek this afternoon. She’ll be joined on the tour by Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, following which they will gather with Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead and the media for a question and answer session.