Lucier Estates in McGregor, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Essex OPP)Lucier Estates in McGregor, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Essex OPP)

Government offering assistance to cover damages caused by August storm

Residents of Essex, Lakeshore, Kingsville and Amherstburg who had significant damage after a flooding event in August may be eligible for assistance.

From August 23 to 25, Essex County received between 180 mm to 214 mm of rain. The storms caused flooding, power outages, washed-out roads, and downed trees.

The Ontario government has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontario program. The program provides assistance for emergency expenses and costs (not covered by insurance) to repair or replace essential property after a natural disaster.

"This is great news for residents in the affected area and we appreciate the support from the Province of Ontario, as well as Lakeshore staff who helped coordinate this program with the Province,” said Lakeshore Mayor Tracey Bailey. “Responding to disasters like the one we experienced this summer is truly a team effort, and we hope everyone who was impacted takes advantage of the opportunity."

Residents have until Wednesday, March 27, 2024 to apply for assistance through the program.

“Our government is standing with residents who suffered losses due to the extraordinary flooding that happened in parts of southwestern Ontario last summer,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I want to thank the municipal staff, volunteers, and emergency responders who went above and beyond to support the people impacted by flooding in the impacted municipalities.”

For applications or to find out if you are eligible, review the full program guidelines available at, call 1-844-780-8925 or email after speaking with your private insurance provider.

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