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Feds give province $200M for 2011 flood damages

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The federal government has made another big payment to Manitoba in compensation for the devastating 2011 flood.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney announced today that Ottawa would transfer $200 million to the province under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFA) program.

That brings federal payments so far for the flood under DFA to $300 million.

The province estimates the total cost of the 2011 Assiniboine River flood, which had a major impact on residents living along Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin, could exceed $1.2 billion. It also estimates that it may qualify for about $620 million in federal compensation overall.

The $200-million payment to Manitoba was announced at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building involving Blaney, lead Manitoba federal minister Shelly Glover and Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.

Blaney said when disasters such as the 2011 Manitoba flood occur it can take up to five years until a final accounting is done and all federal monies are paid out.

"We are all accountable as we are dealing with public funding so it is critical that all those claims are substantiated by documentation, which implies a lot of time. So it can be a lengthy process," he said.

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