Burlington formally requests flood relief

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Burlington has formally launched its campaign for provincial flood relief.

City Council has voted unanimously to seek assistance through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.

Mayor Rick Goldring adds that Red Cross volunteers have started going door-to-door in affected neighbourhoods, as they try to attach a dollar figure to the damage after more than two thousand homes were flooded by torrential rains on August.4th.

Goldring says knowing that dollar figure is important for fundraising purposes, since if Burlington’s request for disaster relief is accepted, it would receive two provincial dollars for every one dollar that is generated in the community.

Eleanor McMahon, Burlington’s Liberal M-P-P, pledges that she’s working on the city’s behalf at Queen’s Park. She adds that until the answer is yes, she’ll “be on the case and then some”.

At a special meeting today, Burlington City Council also approved a direction asking Halton Region to give immediate help to approximately 80 homes that have been flooded more than once. One resident who presented to politicians on Thursday morning described her basement as a “sewage backup container”.

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