Ontario disaster recovery program activated in Mattawa due to floods

The Town of Mattawa declared a state of emergency on May 6 due to increasing water levels. OPP North East/Twitter

The Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program was activated for people in flood-affected areas of Mattawa Wednesday.

The program was activated in response to a flood emergency that was declared in the town on May 6, as heavy rainfall and snow melt led to severe flooding across eastern Ontario.

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“Our government is committed to protecting what matters most — and that includes protecting our homes, businesses, and infrastructure that keeps our economy moving,” Nipissing MPP and Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli said in a statement.

“It has been a top priority for me to ensure Mattawa is receiving all provincial help necessary to deal with the aftermath of the recent flooding.

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The floods in Mattawa led to several road closures and to some people evacuating their homes.

READ MORE: Temiskaming Shores, Ont., declares state of emergency due to flooding

Mattawa residents will have until Sept. 26 to apply for assistance through the province’s disaster recovery program.

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