People dealing with flash floods late last month are one step closer to receiving disaster relief after Monday’s city council meeting.
Rainfall up to 75 mm occurred in some areas of saskatoonThis caused flooding of homes and businesses on June 20.
However, when those affected turned to the provincial government for financial help, they issued that Saskatoon was not on this list. Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP).
The program covers uninsured damage caused by severe weather events.
Cindy Yeland, the head of the city’s solicitor’s office, noted that there is a plan in the works for residents, but it would have to go through the city council first.
“In order for individual citizens to receive assistance under this program, the City of Saskatoon must request, by council resolution, that the City of Saskatoon be designated an Eligible Aid Area (EAA). Our office has approved the PDAP program for this event. Already submitted an application,” Yeland said.
Councilor Bev Dubois asked on behalf of her constituents what the best process would be once applications were approved.
Once the application is approved, Yeland said his office will work to make sure private landowners know they are able to access the program.
Yeland said, “I think the best process is a multi-pronged approach. So we can certainly provide some information to councilors so that if they want to pass it on to their ward constituents, they can. We have City Hall.” The application forms will probably also be available at the Information Desk.
Yeland noted that his office has received about 18 calls from residents and those calls will be followed up once they are approved.
Citizens will need an incident specific application form Apply from government website,
“This is an important step for residents who have been affected,” Mayor Charlie Clarke said.
The city council unanimously approved the recommendation for the city of Saskatoon through an application process.
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