Alberta government will get $1 billion less in flood recovery from the feds

Greg Weadick, minister of municipal affairs with the government of Alberta, delivers a one year...

Greg Weadick, minister of municipal affairs with the government of Alberta, delivers a one year progress report detailing recovery progress in flood-affected communities outside of Government House in Edmonton, Alta., on June 26, 2014. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Matt Dykstra, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

EDMONTON -- The provincial government will receive $1 billion less in flood recovery funding from the federal government as Alberta took in fewer applications for disaster recovery program (DRP) funding than expected.

Presenting the one-year report on the flooding in southern Alberta on Thursday, Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick said Alberta "has made incredible progress rebuilding" after the rising waters drove over 100,000 people from their homes last June.

The provincial government spent $3 billion on recovery and mitigation work in 2013-14 to combat the estimated $6 billion flood event. They have also committed another $1 billion to flood recovery over the next three years.

Weadick said they're now expecting to receive just $1.4 billion in help from the federal government, roughly $1 billion less than expected. Part of the funding is $650,000 less because Alberta saw fewer DRP claims than anticipated.

The remaining $375,000 was dropped because Alberta opted to extend some federal program coverage beyond the federal Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement program timelines. The money is still under discussion.

"Under the federal disaster relief program, they will fund six months of temporary housing for people out from the flood," explained Weadick. "We, as a government, made the decision that we're not going to stop at six months. We're going to take care of Albertans and so we've extended that to beyond a year for the families that need it."

Of the 10,486 DRP claims received by the provincial government, 2,306 have been deemed ineligible, 1,314 have been withdrawn and 4,054 have been paid out at a cost of nearly $75 million. Over 2,800 remain to be processed.


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