A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, Alta., in a Saturday, May 25, 2019, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Government of Alberta, Chris Schwarz

Alberta approves $30 million in disaster funding for wildfire, flood damage

EDMONTON — Wildfires and too much rain this year will put a $30-million dent in Alberta’s finances.

The United Conservative cabinet has declared official disasters in some communities to free up money to cover damage caused by the flames and local flooding.

The disasters include wildfires that damaged the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement, Lamont County and Mackenzie County.

Other disasters included flooding and extreme rain that affected the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, Rocky View County, Yellowhead County, Lac St. Anne County, Parkland County, Brazeau County and the Town of Stony Plain.

The Municipal Affairs department says the disaster recovery program will include $12.2 million for preliminary claims submitted by the communities.

The remaining cash will go to repairing damaged roads, highways and infrastructure.

The government says it could take up to five years to determine the exact costs.

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