What about us? That’s the question some Perth-Andover residents are asking after the province announced that homeowners in Sussex will be getting 120 thousand dollars in flooding compensation this year — which is 40 thousand dollars more than the amount residents in the village got in 2012.
“Quickly goes back to thinking about our own people two years ago and how, there was help, but not quite enough,” said councilor and business owner Dean McAllister.
He says back in 2012, Perth-Andover residents had an 80 thousand dollar ceiling. Chief Administrative Officer Dan Dionne says that number was established after Perth-Andover flooded back in 1993 — and it was about time it changed.
“Repairs don’t cost the same as they did 20 years ago we’re really glad that they made those changes and we’re just asking how those would have impacted our residents,” said Dionne.
Dionne has contacted environment and local government on the changes to the disaster financial assistance program to see how it impact residents in the village who’s damage costs exceeded the 80 thousand dollar cap. He got word from them that there are 6 to 8 homes in the community that would have been impacted by the changes..and they’re reviewing their files to see if they can give these folks some more money. McAllister says it would make a difference.
“All of a sudden you lose your home that was paid for, you have to borrow money, move, build another house, find another house, and then look at payments again out of your Canada pension checks or whatever so that’s the type of thing we’re hoping for those people to ease their pain a little bit,,” he said.
The new plan also puts a cap on how much money small businesses and nonprofits will be reimbursed for structural damage at 500 thousand dollars.
“It’s just that I don’t believe that kind of money was being offered to the village businesses at that time,” said McAllister.
McAllister says they’re in constant contact with the Emergency Measures Organization on this issue. Though the flood was now more than two years ago, this community still feels the affects..but they’re doing all they can to help their people move forward.