Province brings in more help with flood assessments

staff / The Manitoba government is hiring more property assessors to speed up appraisals for flood-affected properties around Lake Manitoba, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced June 7.

As well, the province has added six new commissioners to help with the claims appeals process.

Ashton said more than 65 per cent of applicants have received at least an initial compensation payment for property damage caused by the 2011 flood.

“The geographical scope of the 2011 flood was larger than anything we’ve seen before, affecting 141 rural municipalities,” Ashton said. “The cost of compensation is expected to be three times what we spent fighting the flood last year.”

In 2011, about 3.6 million crop acres or about 38 per cent of Manitoba’s annual crop-land and nearly half a million acres of hay land and pasture flooded around Lake Manitoba.

After bringing on eight new appraisers last month and four more now, it is expected all appraisals will be completed by the end of August, Ashton said. To date, about 70 per cent of Building and Recovery Action Program appraisals are complete and nearly all DFA inspections are complete.

The minister also announced the province has issued a request for proposals related to a flood mitigation study for the Lake Manitoba watershed including Lake Winnipegosis, Dauphin Lake and the Shoal Lakes, and the Assiniboine River Basin including Lake of the Prairies and the Qu’Appelle and Souris rivers. Ashton said a wide range of stakeholders will be given an opportunity to provide input throughout this process.

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