12/07/2012 10:51 EST | Updated 02/06/2013 05:12 EST

People affected by flooding in central Nova Scotia eligible for disaster relief

WEST RIVER, N.S. - People whose homes and businesses were flooded in central Nova Scotia after heavy rains in September will be eligible for a disaster financial assistance plan.

Charlie Parker, the member for Pictou West, says people in Colchester and Pictou counties can apply for help of up to $80,000 and non-profit groups can ask for up to $200,000.

The program covers uninsurable damage and is expected to cost about $2.2 million.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 8.

The provincial government says it will apply to the federal government to cover some of the money.