Still pro­cess­ing

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL TC Me­dia adam.ran­dell@tc.tc

Prov­ince still work­ing on Hur­ri­cane Matthew dis­as­ter re­lief claims.

In the wake of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, which wrecked havoc through­out ar­eas of cen­tral and south­ern New­found­land this past Oc­to­ber, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment was left piec­ing the prov­ince back to­gether.

In to­tal 17 com­mu­ni­ties de­clared states of emer­gency, with the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment re­ceiv­ing 25 mu­nic­i­pal claims.

The es­ti­mated cost in mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture dam­ages is run­ning be­tween $6-7 mil­lion.

To date, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment, over $1.3 mil­lion has been spent in re­sponse work to those claims.

Over $2 mil­lion has been paid out so far for the 244 pri­vate sec­tor claims that con­tinue to be pro­cessed. To date, there are 197 pri­vate sec­tor claims closed.

On the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works side, as of March 16, Trans­porta­tion and Works had dealt with $5.5 mil­lion in dam­ages.

While a num­ber of road re­pairs took place fol­low­ing the storm, still left to be com­pleted in­cludes the Swangers Cove Bridge at St. Al­ban’s; sev­eral cul­vert re­place­ments and as­so­ci­ated as­phalt patch­ing when those cul­verts are re­placed; along with as­phalt patch­ing where cul­verts were re­placed in the fall.

To help cover the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar bill, the prov­ince will wrap things up into one fed­eral gov­ern­ment Dis­as­ter Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Ar­range­ments claim.

Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ed­die Joyce de­clined an in­ter­view to talk about the prov­ince’s sub­mis­sion.

It was stated by the Depart­ment’s me­dia re­la­tions team, “The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is ac­tively en­gag­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to lever­age all avail­able fed­eral fund­ing, and the prov­ince will con­tinue the work to re­store in­fra­struc­ture in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

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Fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Matthew’s dev­as­tat­ing im­pact in Oc­to­ber 2016, 17 com­mu­ni­ties de­clared a state of emer­gency.

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As of March 16, the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works por­tion of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment Dis­as­ter Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Ar­range­ments claim was $5.5 mil­lion dol­lars.

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