British Government provides funding to residents caught in Chilcotin floods

Published: July 19, 2019

Updated: August 1, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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In a statement, the provincial government said it will offer funds to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, local governments, and farmers impacted by the high waters. Specifically, the money will be for members of those groups who were unable to claim through home insurance or disaster-related funds.

CBC News reports British Columbia has pledged to cover around 80% of damage over $1,000 and up to $300,000 for eligible claims. Residents affected by the floods have until October 15, 2017 to apply to the Emergency Management BC service.

To be eligible for the funds, homeowners and residential tenants must prove that the property they are applying for is their principal residence. As for small businesses, they will have to show the business in the application is their main source of income.

The floods around Chilcotin were described by government officials as a one-in-200-year event. Heavy rains dumped up to 100 millimetres of water in under a week, causing significant overland flooding that covered hundreds of kilometres. Hundreds of properties were reported affected by the floods, while numerous roads were washed out.

Staff with the district’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) are still in the process of assessing the damage.

“Currently, it appears that damage to residential homes is minimal, however there is significant impacts to outbuildings, hayfields, irrigation channels, land and fencing,” said the district.

“At this time, it is still too early to tell the scope or magnitude of the damages as much of the land within the affected properties affected is still too wet or access is limited.”