Eligible evacuees from BC’s flood-ravaged communities will receive a $2,000 support payment through the Red Cross, the government announced Tuesday.
The payments are intended to meet “immediate needs related to evacuation due to flooding,” the Department of Public Safety said in a press release.
Only BC residents forced to leave their primary residence due to an evacuation order due to the severe storm that hit last week are eligible. The payments will be provided by households, not individuals, according to the province.
Deputy Prime Minister Mike Farnworth said in a press release: “British Columbians have faced each new challenge over the past few years with compassion and generosity, be it the floods we are currently facing. facing now, to COVID-19 and bushfires,” Deputy Prime Minister Mike Farnworth said in a news release. “The Canadian Red Cross is a trusted partner and together we will be able to assist affected people and communities as quickly as possible.”
To receive payments, evacuees must register with the Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. PT.
Additional financial assistance will not affect an evacuee’s eligibility for other benefits through BC’s Emergency Services program, such as hotel reimbursements.
This is a developing story and will be updated.