The entire cost of replacing the CPR dam will not be eligible for funding under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP).
“(The replacement cost) has been basically eliminated from consideration, but ... because of the flooding we had the previous spring, we had road damage and infrastructure damage and bridges and that sort of thing in addition to the CPR dam,” said city clerk/solicitor Myron Gulka-Tiechko. “The smaller issues that we had, we’re supposed to get money for, but that’s if they’re over $1.2 million.”
He said the total cost for the dam replacement is estimated between $5 million and $7 million.
Jeff Welke, executive director of communications with the provincial government, said the city’s claim is “still open.”
“I want to be clear. We’re not talking about repair costs being denied. So the city incurred repair costs to that particular piece of infrastructure and the claim is still being determined as to what amount the program would respond to,” said Welke. “It’s not a case of it being denied. It’s just not eligible.”
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.