Limbert Road in the District of Kent was covered in mud and debris following torrential rain this week. (Photo/Laurens Van Vliet)

Limbert Road in the District of Kent was covered in mud and debris following torrential rain this week. (Photo/Laurens Van Vliet)

Following flood, residents should consider applying for disaster financial aid, District says

DFA is available to residents, small business owners, farmers

District of Kent officials advised residents to see if they are eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA).

DFA is a provincially-run program designed to help individuals, small business owners, farmers and local governments recover from uninsurable disasters

Applications can be found at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/evacuee-guidance/disaster-financial-assistance. Assistance is available to homeowners, tenants, small business owners, farm owners and charitable organizations; claims can be made in more than one category.

If eligible, the government will provide 80 per cent of the total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000 to a maximum of $300,000. Homeowners or tenants must show their home is the principal residence, and recreational properties and items are not eligible.

Owners of small businesses and farms must demonstrate that it is their primary source of income, and owners of rental property must apply and qualify as a small business. Charitable organizations must provide a benefit of service to the community. Applications for DFA must be submitted within 90 days (on Feb. 12, 2022, per the District of Kent) and must contain a signature.

Questions can be directed via email to DFA@gov.bc.ca or by phone at 1-888-257-4777. More information is also available through the District of Kent at kentbc.ca.

Applications can be submitted using the same email address or by mailing to DFA, P.O. Box 9201 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1.


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