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NB Announces Financial Assistance Program in Response to Fiona

As residents of southeastern New Brunswick begin to clean up the devastating damage caused by post-tropical storm Fiona, the provincial government has announced new funding for those most affected.

The Disaster Financial Assistance program is available to individuals, small businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities who have experienced property damage at the hands of Fiona.

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According to a press release, aid is only intended to provide assistance for “eligible damages and losses that threaten health and safety,” but is not a substitute for insurance.

Property damage can be reported online or by phone at 1-888-298-8555 between 8:00 AM and 7:30 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays.

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Reports will help the province assess and repair the damage inflicted by Fiona. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2023.

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While Fiona devastated coastal communities, disaster financial assistance doesn’t apply to camps, cottages, boats, cars, and trailers. Only the basic costs of essential items are reimbursed.

The province has not disclosed how much money will be allocated to the program, but the costs will be shared with the federal government.

Over the weekend, Fiona hit the region, particularly affecting communities near Shediac and Greater Moncton, leaving thousands without power.

According to NB Power, more than 7,000 customers were in the dark as of 5 p.m. Monday.

The release states that as many as 17 bridges and roads have been closed because of Fiona, but only three roads had to reopen at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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