The Manitoba government has received more than 1,800 applications for support through the Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program after spring flooding caused extensive damage throughout the province.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk shared the figure in a news release issued Tuesday morning.

This year’s program was established on May 9th while spring flooding was still underway to ensure timely assistance.

Since then, the province has received approximately 115 municipal claims involving more than 6,900 sites, as well as 1,800 private applications.

At this point, the DFA program is expected to provide tens of millions of dollars in assistance.

the province continues to work with the federal government to ensure Manitoba’s 2022 Spring Flood DFA program is cost-shared under Canada’s Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.

Municipalities, primary residences, farms, small businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by spring flooding between March 20th to July 20th can apply.

The deadline for applications is September 23rd.

The DFA program assists with uninsurable losses to basic and essential property but does not provide financial assistance for losses related to sewer backup, cottages, secondary properties or loss of income or opportunity. Those impacted are reminded to review home insurance policies and speak with insurance providers, as many providers offer overland flood insurance.

The Manitoba government has also established the Mitigation and Preparedness Program (MPP), which incentivizes municipalities to invest DFA cost-share support in mitigation to protect against future disasters.