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Saskatchewan flood relief increased


The floods caused widespread damage
The floods caused widespread damage

Beverley Ann D'Cruz, staff writer

August 3, 2010 — The provincial government is upping the amount of financial aid available to flood victims.

Aside from Maple Creek and Yorkton, Saskatoon (pictured above) is one of the eligible disaster areas
Aside from Maple Creek and Yorkton, Saskatoon (pictured above) is one of the eligible disaster areas

Summer storms caused disastrous flash floods that have affected more than 100 communities in Saskatchewan, including the regions of Saskatoon, Maple Creek and Yorkton.

Now Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says more money is being made accessible to people who lost their property as a result of the floods.

The amount of agricultural land than can be claimed has been increased
The amount of agricultural land than can be claimed has been increased

Revisions to the provincial disaster assistance program that covers property damage from floods, tornadoes, plow winds and storms has increased funds, offering as much as $240,000 for homeowners and $500,000 to small businesses. Previously, only $160,000 was available for both.

Other changes include the lowering of the deductible on private claims to five per cent from 20 per cent; removal of a residency requirement for agricultural owners and small businesses; and an increase in the amount of agricultural land that can be claimed.

Extreme weather has been a constant over the summer in Saskatchewan. On Saturday thunderstorms brought heavy downpours across the region and even hail. Large baseball-sized hail fell on Carlyle damaging cars and smashing windshields. The active cells also spawned two tornado warnings.

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