Liberals haven’t requested federal funds for Thanksgiving flood

March 1, 2017

For Immediate Release

SYDNEY – Stephen McNeil has yet to request federal disaster relief funds for the floods that hit Cape Breton in October of 2016, officials responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization revealed at a Public Accounts Committee meeting this morning.

“Cape Bretoners are clearly worried over the damage caused by the storm, and a great deal of concern has been expressed about the inadequacy of support from the provincial government,” says NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “The discovery today that the province has yet to apply for federal disaster relief, five months after the storm, is alarming and demands an explanation.”

Damage from the storm has been estimated at as much as $100 million, with $85 million of that damage impacting private citizens, businesses, and community organizations. CBRM immediately put forward $1.5 million to help with relief efforts and requested the province match that amount. At that time the Liberals provided $500,000 in upfront funding to support the United Way.

“Why is Stephen McNeil sitting on his hands instead of applying for federal disaster relief?” said Burrill.  “Cape Bretoners deserve some answers.”

EMO officials also revealed that the province has yet to receive money that was requested for floods in Truro in 2014 and Meat Cove in 2010.

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For more information please contact Kaley Kennedy at (902) 229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.