Province announces aid to flood evacuees

A boil water advisory has been issued for Fort Vermillion as flood inundates its water treatment plant. // Mackenzie County

Residents of northern Alberta who have been evacuated due to spring floods will receive funding of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent child, the province announced.

Evacuees can apply for their emergency evacuation payments online beginning Monday, May 4, at noon. It can take up to 24 hours for funds to be e-transferred into bank accounts. Arrangements can be made for those who are unable to receive e-transfers through the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992.

Evacuees being sheltered in hotels and other accommodations will have their costs covered by the province and local municipalities.

“Albertans are facing some of the toughest challenges in our province’s history. Our government will stand by Albertans during this trying time, and we will make sure everyone has the support they need. Financial assistance is available to evacuees to help with their short-term needs while they are away from their homes. As we navigate our way through these unprecedented times, Albertans will continue to be there for one another,” Premier Jason Kenney said.

Costs associated with housing evacuees in hotel rooms are currently being paid by local municipalities but those costs will be reimbursed as part of the Government of Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program.

Information on the application process can be found at starting Monday, May 4.

Flooding, due to ice jams on the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers in Fort McMurray and the Peace River in Mackenzie County, has led to evacuation orders for some residents of Fort McMurray, Fort Vermilion, Little Red River Cree Nation and Tall Cree First Nation at Beaver Ranch.

Mackenzie County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents Fort Vermilion living east of 50th Street, north of the golf course, River Road and Boreal Housing, and all of North Vermilion (Buttertown).

As of Tuesday, April 28, about 455 people were evacuated from Fort Vermilion to hotels in High Level and private accommodations.