2014 Disaster Recovery Programs
Between June 16 and June 23, 2014, Albertans living in the southwest part of the province experienced an intense weather system that resulted in significant flooding. Disaster recovery programs (DRPs) provide financial assistance for uninsurable property damage, loss and other expenses incurred as the result of a disaster. DRPs do not replace private insurance coverage. We encourage potential applicants to pursue their own insurance options first as DRPs cannot assist with all types of damages or loss and may not cover damages or loss at full replacement value. Rather, DRPs exist as a final resort for funding to help restore essential property back to basic, pre-disaster functional condition. Learn how this applies to:
- homeowners and tenants
- not-for-profit organizations, institutions and condo associations
- agricultural producers
- landlords and small businesses (20 or less full-time employees)
How it works
Principal homeowners, tenants, small business owners, agricultural operators, condominium corporations, public institutions and not-for-profit organizations who meet the qualification criteria may have their damages and losses assessed by the Program for eligibility.
How to apply
The deadline to apply for this program was January 20, 2015 and applications are no longer being accepted.
Would I have qualified for assistance after the June 2014 floods?
If you are a principal homeowner or tenant, small business owner or landlord, agricultural operation, not-for-profit organization, institution or condo association and you suffered uninsurable property damage or loss between June 16 and June 23, 2014 in one of the communities below, you may be eligible to apply for 2014 DRP assistance.
- City of Lethbridge
- Town of Cardston
- Town of Claresholm
- Town of Coaldale
- Town of Coalhurst
- Town of Fort MacLeod
- Town of Granum
- Town of Magrath
- Town of Nanton
- Town of Pincher Creek
- Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
- MD of Pincher Creek No. 9
- MD of Ranchland No. 66
- MD of Taber
- MD Willow Creek, No. 26
- Lethbridge County
- Blood Indian Reserve No. 148
- The lands of the Piikani First Nation
The DRP offers financial assistance to help clean, repair and replace essential items following a disaster. For example:
- The cost to replace a damaged fruit and vegetable garden is eligible for assistance, while the cost to restore decorative landscaping is not.
- If you have been using an antique dining table, you may receive funds for a basic dining table, but you will not receive enough funds to replace the table with another antique.
- While a washing machine that was working before the flood may qualify for funding, a washing machine that was already broken when the flooding occurred will not.
- Your stored winter coats and bedding may qualify for funding because they are essential. Stored furniture will not because it is no longer being used.
How is the amount of financial assistance I receive determined?
DRP assistance is determined on an individual applicant basis. A DRP evaluator will complete an on-site property assessment for all applicants who qualify for the program. Damaged property and contents which meet the criteria set out by the Disaster Assistance Guidelines will be eligible for financial assistance. Total assistance may vary based on the circumstances unique to each application.
How long will it take to process my application and issue payment?
Processing times may vary based on the complexity of the case. Payments are calculated after the property has been assessed and all required documentation has been provided to the Program. Applicants will be contacted once their payment has been processed and is ready to be sent.
Applications for Review (Appeal)
Applicants can contact DRP staff directly toll-free at 1-888-671-1111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org