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