05/02/2014 10:39 EDT | Updated 07/02/2014 05:59 EDT

New Brunswick offers financial help for people affected by spring flooding

FREDERICTON - A disaster financial assistance program has been announced for homes and businesses affected by flooding this spring in New Brunswick.

Provincial Public Safety Minister Bruce Northrup says the maximum assistance for structural repairs to private homes is $120,000, while small businesses and not-for-profit organizations can qualify for up to $500,000 assistance.

Northrup says since April 15, flood damage has been reported by about 540 homes and businesses, with the majority being in the Sussex area.

He says in total, damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure such as roads and bridges is estimated at $12 million.

To qualify for the program, people need to report damage to Service New Brunswick.