Ontario funding $5.5 million to 22 small municipalities impacted by extreme weather

Thunderstorm. Image credit: Pixaby

Tweed (ON)/CMEDIA: Ontario’s 22 small municipalities affected by significant weather events in 2022 are being provided  $5.5 million by the Ontario government to assist with clean-up and forest regeneration in damaged areas and ensure their future safety, a news release said.

“We heard from small municipalities hardest hit by last year’s extreme weather that they need support to address public safety concerns,” said Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “With today’s announcement, we are ensuring municipalities are able to recover from these weather events and build a strong Ontario.”

Parts of southern and eastern Ontario experienced severe weather events in 2022 including a damaging thunderstorm in May and tornado in July, which damaged public roads, forest access roads, and thousands of hectares of Crown and private forests.

Being provided on a one-time basis for municipalities that sought financial support, the funding would assist with clean up and forest regeneration efforts.

“Tweed Municipal Council and staff worked tirelessly with the province for assistance on behalf of those residents. Today Minister Smith and our MPP Ric Bresee have answered that call and we are extremely grateful for this support, which will help alleviate some of our concerns,” said Don DeGenova, Mayor of Tweed.

#Ontario; #SmallMunicipalities; #Forestry; #ExtremeWeather; #Thunderstorm; #Tornadoes