The Ministry of Government Relations – in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups – has provided the latest update on the key steps the province and its partners are taking in response to the record rainfall, flood and recovery operations in eastern Saskatchewan.
The Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) has approved 283 municipalities for designation under the program. In total, PDAP has received 2,415 claims.
“As claims are submitted they are triaged to determine if they qualify for a $3,000 emergency advance on the total claim,” according to a government press release.
“To date, 102 claims have triggered a $3,000 emergency advance payment for a total of $306,000. Emergency advance payments are provided to an eligible claimant within 10 days of submitting their completed application.”
Once an eligible claimant submits their completed application, an adjuster will review the damages. Claimants can generally expect a payment within 90 days of the adjuster’s visit.
The Water Security Agency reports that dry weather has helped a number of areas across the province, but similar conditions will be needed moving forward, as many lakes remain above normal and will be as such for the rest of the recreational season.
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure continues to repair flood-damaged roads, bridges and culverts to restore full access for motorists in the southeast and east-central parts of the province.
Repairs are underway to bridges on Highway 18 near the junction with Highway 8, and Highway 8 north of the junction with Highway 22. Traffic is reduced to one lane at both locations, and a 20-tonne gross vehicle weight restriction is in place at the latter.
Motorists may encounter rough patches, soft spots or reduced speeds at these and other locations. All drivers are reminded to obey flagpersons and slow to the posted speed limit during construction.
Also, producers have been contacting their local Crop Insurance offices to report crop damage from the heavy rain in late June and from storm activity in areas around the province.
As of August 18, SCIC has received 1,168 pre-harvest claims from producers. A pre-harvest claim is filed when the producer decides not to harvest the damaged crop, and puts that crop to an alternate use, such as spraying for weed control. Some of these claims are from other storms and hail activity in the province.
All Crop Insurance customers are covered for flooding on insured crops through the multi-peril yield-loss program. The majority of claims from the heavy rain event in late June will be filed in the fall, following harvest, as producers measure whether their actual crop production meets their insured production.