The federal government announced it has approved a request from British Columbia to provide funding to cover federal disaster relief costs stemming from flooding in parts of the province. B.C. finance minister Carole James wrote in a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau this week that the province had already assessed $151 million in damage to roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure from rainfall and flooding.
“We have a very heavy, wet month coming and the fact that we have had a pretty heavy rain year in the region is why I think that’s why we need some funding,” Morneau said in an interview on CBC Radio earlier this week. “These are floods like we’ve never seen before in the region,” said James, who noted that her government had already opened seven flood centers in the province.
The funding would be separate from any federal disaster relief already being provided to the provincial government in other locations, including the 2019 floods that struck the Rock River region. In January, Morneau announced $74 million in funding that would support infrastructure in communities impacted by last winter’s flooding.
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