Statement from Sydney-Membertou MLA Derek Mombourquette

Statement from Sydney-Membertou MLA Derek Mombourquette

As Nova Scotia communities continue to recover from last week’s storm, I know that many first responders, government employees and volunteers have been stepping up to help.

But where is funding from the Houston government to assist people with much-needed supports?

During the historic Thanksgiving flooding of 2016 on the island, our Liberal government issued $500,000 in emergency funding within 72 hours to those who needed supplies and help. We also began a process allowing people to apply for disaster financial assistance. A week and a half after this extreme weather event, the people of Nova Scotia have still seen zero financial assistance from the Houston government to support the people who need help.

Premier Houston, where are you?

Quick Facts:

Following the 2016 flooding, the Liberal government supported those affected by:

• eliminating the Disaster Financial Assistance Program maximum of $80,000 and eliminated the $1,000 deductible to ease the financial burden on homeowners

• purchasing 18 homes that were beyond repair

• funding renovations to Brookland Elementary School in Sydney

• leasing the former Mira Road Elementary School to the Southend Community Development Association, which lost its building to the flood

• making a $500,000 donation to the United Way of Cape Breton to provide immediate financial aid to those impacted

• under the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program, contributed $317,500 for containment and mitigation relating to the Wash Brook