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Mattawa receives millions from Ontario as recovery from 2019 flooding continues

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MATTAWA, Ont. — Ontario is supporting flood recovery efforts and preparedness in Mattawa with funding to repair key municipal infrastructure.

“The safety of Ontarians is a top priority for our government,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli. “When natural disasters like last spring’s historic flooding occur, our Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program plays a key role in helping municipalities recover.”

Ontario is providing Mattawa up to $2,263,633.55 in financial support to help with recovery efforts related to flooding that occurred in spring 2019. This will go towards eligible costs to repair three main roads, culverts, water main crossing, sewers and a major municipal bridge.

The funding is being provided through Ontario’s Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program, which helps eligible municipalities recover from extraordinary costs after a natural disaster.

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Many of the spring 2019 floods were caused by a combination of weather conditions including colder-than-average winter and spring temperatures; higher-than-average snowpack; lack of significant winter thaw; rapid snow melt; and, significant rain events in the spring.

In the aftermath of last year’s natural disaster, the government says it “developed Ontario’s Flooding Strategy to better protect people and communities from the effects of flooding in the future by reducing the risk and helping Ontarians better prepare for these types of events.”

“Dealing with unexpected natural disasters is always a challenge. That is why our government is proud to help Mattawa manage the financial impacts resulting from last year’s flooding,” added Fedeli.

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