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Canada N.B. flood recovery costs could hit $80M, minister says

18:01  18 may  2018
18:01  18 may  2018 Source:

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  Historic church struck by lightning, endures flooding year after year A minister in flood-stricken Sheffield is counting her blessings — especially after historically high floodwaters poured into one of the historic churches along the St. John River. Sheffield United Church, about 27 kilometres east of Fredericton, is surrounded by muddy water, with at least two feet of it inside the church at one point. "If you sat in the pews right now you'd have a very wet posterior," said Mary Tingley, the minister. As of Wednesday, water levels in Maugerville had declined to 6.87 metres, still above the flood stage of six metres.

Ernie MacGillivary, the EMO director, said structural repairs and replacements, government disaster relief, private insurance and other costs to citizens could hit million. 3 and 4 and by the flood that hit southern and western communities on Dec. 13 and 14.

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a store inside of a building: The windows of this cottage were bashed by waves and debris when Grand Lake rose to record levels.© CBC News The windows of this cottage were bashed by waves and debris when Grand Lake rose to record levels.

A major flood that destroyed homes and cottages in the St. John River basin could cost taxpayers up to $80 million, the environment and local government minister says.

The New Brunswick government could cover between $10 million and $15 million of those costs, said Andrew Harvey. The  federal government would cover the remainder.

"It's hard to know right today, but based on the properties that could be affected, that's our overall top number projection, somewhat," Harvey said in an interview with Information Morning Fredericton.

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  A long, complicated wait for normal in N.B. A long, complicated wait for normal in N.B."All the sewage pumping stations are underwater right now," said Oland, who donned rubber boots and hip waders to traverse the knee-high floodwaters so she could retrieve some clothes.

He said he had daily phone calls from Queensland's deputy premier Paul Lucas, federal minister Simon Crean and police commissioner Bob Atkinson. The cost of repairs to state and national roads, including the Warrego Highway, the cost of the immediate flood response and recovery , and the

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None of the damage sustained by cottages would be covered by any taxpayer dollars.

As cleanup continues three weeks after the flooding began, the government is estimating as many as 12,000 properties could be affected by the disaster.

The province is running a disaster financial assistance program through the federal government, which helps individuals,  small businesses and municipalities that suffered property damage.

And earlier, the Liberal government announced it would provide up to $6,100 each to recreational property owners, but the money can be used only for cleanup not for any structural damage.

"It's based on the uptake of the programs and the needs of the citizens," said Harvey.

The province is also offering free water testing to property owners impacted by the flood.

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Disaster- cost estimates can vary enormously, especially in the early days. CitiBank has calculated that just one week of economic activity stoppage in the area hit by Harvey could shave 0.2% to 0.3% off national economic growth in Q3.

As well, anyone whose property was damaged can have it reassessed "as it stands today" and get a refund on 2018 property taxes, Harvey said.

"It's the right thing to do," Harvey said.

A review of 'everything'

a person with collar shirt: Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey at a briefing on flood cleanup efforts Thursday.© Kirk Pennell/CBC Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey at a briefing on flood cleanup efforts Thursday.

Harvey said the province will eventually compile a review similar to the ice storm of 2017 in the Acadian Peninsula , a three-day ice storm that caused widespread power outages and claimed two lives.

The report made 51 recommendations aimed at strengthening the government's future responses to natural disasters and emergencies.

The report will look at what caused the damage in the first place, including why so much water came through the watershed.

"We need to do that to be prudent and look at all of those factors that caused this much damage," he said.

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Cottagers interviewed by CBC News said this was the first flooding they'd suffered since their buildings went up, some as far back as the 1930s and not on floodplains.

"We need to look at every idea and concern and every suggestion and take it at face value and don't dismiss anything," Harvey said.

New regulations

Debris cleanup continues to be a major challenge following the unprecedented flood. Harvey said another task will be the rebuilding of homes, businesses and cottages that were destroyed.

The province announced Wednesday it will introduce new requirements for people applying for watercourse and wetland alteration permits to rebuild near rivers, streams and brooks.

The so-called WAWA permits are already required for construction within 30 metres of waterways, but they'll now be conditional on builders showing the project can withstand flood damage in the future.

"These floods are not one in 100 years anymore," he said.

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