News from Kamloops

July 28, 2014

Disaster Financial Assistance Available for Flood Damages

Kamloops, B.C.Following the severe rain event that took place on July 23rd, the City of Kamloops has been diligently working to evaluate the damages that were sustained by the community and surrounding areas.

This evaluation resulted in the City applying to the Province of BC for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). The Province has now authorized this event as eligible for DFA.

DFA is available for qualifying claimants, such as home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

All applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. Depending on the circumstances, small business owners, farmers, and strata property owners may have been able to obtain commercial insurance for certain losses.  

Application forms and information about Disaster Financial Assistance is available on the Emergency Management British Columbia web site at www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/dfa_claims/dfa.html

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible so that the damage assessments can be completed; however residents have until October 27th, 2014 to submit a claim. Completed applications should be e-mailed to DFA@gov.bc.ca or faxed to 250-952-5542. Further inquires can be made to 1-888-257-4777.

As applications are received, EMBC contracted evaluators will contact applicants to explain the DFA program requirements and schedule an onsite visit.

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Media Contact:

Dan Sutherland, Assistant Chief Communications & Emergency Coordinator
Kamloops Fire Rescue
250 571-2962
dsutherland@kamloops.ca