Helping to defray higher electricity costs attributed to flood clean-up costs

August 11, 2014, BURLINGTON, ON - In order to provide assistance where it is needed most, Burlington Hydro Electric Inc. has announced that it has made a donation of $30,000 to the Burlington Flood Relief Fund. Late last week, the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton set up the Fund to help residents severely affected by the storm and flooding of August 4, 2014.

“The higher electricity use attributed to running clean-up equipment such as industrial drying fans represents a further cost burden for those directly affected by the flood,” said Burlington Hydro Electric’s President and CEO, Gerry Smallegange. “Our view is that our donation will help the most disadvantaged to get some financial relief from this unprecedented event.”

“We had an extraordinary amount of rainfall in a very short time, nearly 200 millimetres in three hours, which has had a significant and widespread impact on our city,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “I am inspired by the kindness and the generosity of our community, including of the Burlington Hydro board as they address those who are most in need through a United Way donation.” 

In an August 8th release from the City of Burlington, Interim City Manager, Patrick Moyle said: “We are grateful to the United Way for setting up a community flood relief fund to help the people of Burlington affected by the flood. The creation of a community-based fund is crucial to the success of securing provincial funding support for the residents impacted by the flood. For every dollar raised locally, the province has the ability to double that amount through its Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.”  

A special City Council meeting will be held this Thursday, August 14 to confirm its application to receive Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) funding from the Province.

You too can help by donating to the Flood Relief Fund. Find out more by visiting the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton, Burlington Flood Relief Fund at: http://www.uwaybh.ca/urgent-burlington-flood-relief/


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