Manitoba government expects cost of flooding in 2011 to top $1.25B
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, November 16, 2012 11:25AM CST
Last Updated Friday, November 16, 2012 2:26PM CST
WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government says the cost of last year's flooding is expected to top $1.25 billion.
Infrastructure Minister Steve Ashton says disaster aid, payouts for damaged crops and other measures are still being tallied.
Ashton expects to recoup a few hundred million dollars from federal disaster programs.
He says disaster relief alone has totalled $289 million -- about $53 million more than was paid out during the so-called flood of the century in 1997.
Ashton also says the province now recognizes there was artificial flooding downstream from the Shellmouth Dam -- mostly on agricultural land -- and there will be compensation for those affected.
Heavy rain last spring resulted in a deluge of water over a large swath of southern Manitoba which forced thousands of people from their homes.
Infrastructure Minister Steve Ashton (left) says disaster aid, payouts for damaged crops and other measures are still being tallied.