August 14, 2014 4:21 pm
Updated: August 14, 2014 4:59 pm

Burlington to seek flood relief from province in wake of Aug. 4 torrential downpour


WATCH: Raw video from August 4th when some parts of Burlington were inundated with flood waters.

BURLINGTON, Ont. – City council in Burlington has voted unanimously to seek assistance through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.

Mayor Rick Goldring says Red Cross volunteers have started going door-to-door in affected neighbourhoods, as they try to attach a dollar figure to the damage.

More than 2,000 homes were flooded by torrential rains on Aug. 4 when Burlington received a reported 125 millimetres of rain – or nearly two months worth.

If Burlington’s request for disaster relief is accepted, it would receive two dollars from the province for every dollar that is
generated in the community.

At a special meeting Thursday, Burlington council also approved a direction asking Halton Region to give immediate help to approximately 80 homes that have been flooded more than once.

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