The municipality of Lakeshore is delighted to inform its residents residing in a specified activation area that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has officially sanctioned eligibility for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program.
Administered by the province, the DRAO program aims to provide financial aid for emergency-related expenses and the repair or replace crucial property not covered by insurance. This initiative stems from the aftermath of a substantial rainfall event in August.
Homeowners, residential tenants, small owner-operated businesses, farmers, and not-for-profit organizations in the activation area, which encompasses Stoney Point/Point-aux-Roches and Lighthouse Cove, can apply for assistance. The eligibility criteria specifically target those adversely affected by the storm and power outage on August 23, 2023. The program extends its reach to address various issues, including flooding and property damage, such as fallen trees on roofs and fences.
Mayor Tracey Bailey expressed gratitude for the support from the Province of Ontario and Lakeshore staff who collaborated to facilitate the program. She emphasized the collective effort required in responding to disasters like the summer storm, stating, "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. 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 are encouraged to submit their applications for assistance through the program by the deadline, which is Wednesday, March 27, 2024. This timeframe allows affected individuals ample opportunity to access the support they need for recovery and rebuilding.
Matt Weingarden, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Tilbury Times Reporter, Tilbury Times Reporter