(LEAMINGTON, ON) – Ministry of Municipal Affairs has decided that the flooding along Lake Erie in Leamington does not qualify for disaster relief under the province’s eligibility criteria. Storms wracked the Lake Erie shoreline between April 14 and 16, causing the worst flooding in two decades and damage to residential properties and roadways.
The Municipality of Leamington has now been formally advised that the ministry’s assessment process has determined that, “no areas were identified along Lake Erie where there was costly and widespread damage to eligible private property.”
Damages can be compensated to primary residence owners in Ontario, if a sudden and unexpected natural disaster causes costly and widespread damage, through the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program. Many of the properties which suffered damage were deemed to be cottages.
Mayor John Paterson and Leamington Council are continuing efforts to seek assistance for shoreline protection under other programs with upper levels of government.