MVCA to Offer Financial Break to Ottawa River Flood Victims

MVCA to Offer Financial Break to Ottawa River Flood Victims
Reduced fees for shoreline restoration, home reconstruction

 

For immediate release

May 19, 2017, Carleton Place — In the wake of recent, widespread flooding in the Constance Bay area of the Ottawa River, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) Board of Directors approved a motion to provide a financial break to flood victims when it comes to shoreline work and home reconstruction.

“Due to damaged homes and the impacts on residents in our watershed as a result of the extensive flooding over the past month, the MVCA Board of Directors decided to temporarily reduce fees charged for applications to undertake restoration work,” said MVCA Manager of Planning and Regulations Matt Craig. “The fee reduction applies to homeowners who are directly affected by the flood along the Ottawa River within MVCA jurisdiction. Any new construction must be flood proofed in accordance with our standards and policies.”

The MVCA Board approved to reduce fees by 50% to permits received in relation to reconstruction/repair of residences and charge $25 for alteration of shorelines that have been impacted by the flood of 2017 along the Ottawa River. The reduction will apply to current landowner applications only which are received by December 31, 2017. Board member and City of Ottawa Councillor for West Carleton, Eli El-Chantiry, owns property in Constance Bay and removed himself from the vote, stating it was a conflict of interest.

On May 5, 2017, MVCA issued a flood warning for its jurisdiction along the Ottawa River as significant rainfall raised concerns of potentially significant flooding and flood damage in Constance Bay and surrounding areas. Levels did not reach the 100 year flood line but were close to the 50 year event.

On Wednesday, May 31 from 5pm-8pm, MVCA will be hosting an information session for residents impacted by flooding in Constance Bay and surrounding areas. Affected homeowners will have the opportunity to ask questions to MVCA staff. The information session will be held at the Constance Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive, Woodlawn. City of Ottawa staff from the Revenue Department will also be in attendance to discuss the deferral of property taxes that has been implemented for those affected by the flood.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Matt Craig
Manager of Planning & Regulations
613-253-0006 ext. 226
mcraig@mvc.on.ca

Shannon Gutoskie
Community Relations Coordinator
613-253-0006 ext. 225
sgutoskie@mvc.on.ca

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