(April 1, 2022) – In response to the flood event in the Churchville area in February, the Ontario government is activating the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program
to support Brampton residents and families who have been impacted by this natural disaster.
The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. Funding applies to emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property not covered by insurance. Residents are asked to speak with their private insurance providers to review coverage and costs.
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, July 29, 2022.
More information on eligibility and coverage, an area map and guidelines can be found at ontario.ca/disasterassistanceFlood Safety
With temperatures expected to rise as spring progresses, residents are encouraged to monitor changing weather patterns and their property accordingly.
There are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared in the event of a flood. Clear any excess debris from catch basins and downspouts so that rain, melting snow and ice can flow freely and have somewhere to go.
If flooding occurs:
- Never attempt to turn off power if you must walk through water to do so. Contact Hydro One Brampton to shut power off.
- Never step into a room where water may be in contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords.
- Report abnormal water accumulation (e.g. large pools of water on residential streets) by calling 3-1-1 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
After flooding subsides:
- Ensure proper cleanup of your home/property to protect against long-term risks related to mold and water seepage.
- Don’t walk or drive through flooded roads. Water accumulation may affect the safety of streets and sidewalks.
- Know the risks and be aware of any hazards that may affect your home.
- Have an emergency plan that the whole household is aware of.
- Prepare an emergency kit with basic supplies that can sustain you for at least 72 hours.
- Talk to your insurance provider and ensure you have the proper coverage.
For more information and flood safety tips from Brampton’s Emergency Management Office visit brampton.ca/prepared and follow them on Twitter @BEMOprepared.
Media Relations, City of Brampton