Jan 13, 2014
By AM740 Staff
Toronto city council has voted to ask the provincial and federal governments for financial assistance to cover cleanup and recovery costs associated with two big storms last year, the December ice storm and last summer’s flooding. It has also voted to declare Toronto a disaster area. The application is a necessary step in the process of applying for funding under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program. The unanimous vote comes on the second day of debate during a special council meeting called by mayor, Rob Ford. The debate ended on Friday with no decision. City Staff has recommended asking for 57-million dollars each from the federal and provincial governments. The estimated cost of damage done by the two storms is 171-million dollars. That figure includes at least 106-million in damage from the ice storm and 65.2 million in costs related to the severe rainstorm on July 8th that flooded parts of the city.