N.B. offers disaster relief after Edmundston rain storm

Provincial officials are helping Edmundston residents begin the clean-up after heavy rainfall on Thursday.

Government said Friday it will launch a Disaster Financial Assistance program this week to help individuals, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and local governments that suffered property damage from the storm.

Up to 70 millimetres of rain fell in the Edmundston region over the course of an hour, causing significant damage to homes, businesses and roads.

“We are announcing the assistance program now so people, businesses and communities can make plans to recover,” said Public Safety Minister Kris Austin in a news release.

“I commend local government leaders, first responders and all involved for their quick actions. Their efforts played a big role in keeping everyone safe.”

Officials say the Disaster Financial Assistance program will help in covering the basic costs of essential items. It is not a replacement for insurance, the province says, so camps, cottages, boats, cars and trailers are not eligible.

Residents should contact their insurance provider for details about their coverage.

Locals are also reminded to contact their insurance companies to report damage, take photos of damage, keep receipts of repairs and replacement purchases and log the number of hours undertaken to clean up properties.

The province says details regarding how to apply for disaster financial assistance will be announced this week.