Disaster Recovery Program $413 Million under budget, more than half of surplus came from unspent flood money
Posted on July 30, 2015 by Meagan Wade
Calgary (July 30 2015): The Disaster Recovery Program was $413 million under budget last year, giving the province ample room to fund the worst snow disaster in Calgary’s history, says Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark.
“The 2014/2015 Municipal Affairs Annual Report shows the Disaster Recovery Program was underspent by $413 Million last year,” said Clark. “There is more than enough room to provide support to cities when significant disasters occur.
“And make no mistake, this was a disaster. The City of Calgary opened the Emergency Operations Centre, which is the very definition of a disaster.”
Clark noted that more than half the reported surplus comes from unspent flood money.
“In addition to the $413 that went unspent on DRP there was $200 million allocated to flood mitigation that was also not spent.”
“Anyone who was in Calgary during the September snowstorm knows this was a disaster. The province should pay its share.”
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