Kenora MP offered his thoughts on the major flooding in the region.  

This year has been one of the worst years of flooding in Kenora’s history, many residents in the region have faced property damage due to the rising water levels. Many families are facing serious financial hardship once the water level lowers.  

Eric Melillo, MP for Kenora Riding, said he thinks the federal government should be doing more, “It continues to be a big issue, it is impacting many communities our riding and right across the northwest.” 

“I asked for more resources to be allocated to our region and for the entire northwest to be treated as a flooding zone. I am pleased that the province activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program for the region which will allow those who have been displaced by the flooding to access more financial assistance.” 

It was announced on June 9, that the provincial government is activating the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program in the Rainy River District and in parts of the Kenora District.  

The region has seen extensive flooding this spring due to heavy precipitation and large snowmelt. The flooding has caused damage to residential homes, properties and businesses across Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Ignace and Ear Falls. 

It has been a historical spring, according to Environment Canada, Northwestern Ontario has seen 312 per cent more precipitation in April and May of 2022 compared to last year. 

The DRAO program applies to primary residences including its basic contents, it also applies to small businesses, farms, or not-for-profit organizations.  

The DRAO program can provide assistance for basic emergencies and clean-up expenses, and can help with the costs to repair or replace essential property not covered by insurance following a natural disaster.  

Residents with no insurance coverage or whose insurance coverage is insufficient to cover essential costs have until October 7, 2022, to apply for assistance through the program. 

“I am going to take the opportunity to tour some of the impacted areas and meet some of the residents before I need to be back in Ottawa. I think at this point, the federal government needs to step up and provide some more support. That is something that I am going to be advocating for,” concluded Melillo.