02/19/2015 09:50 EST | Updated 04/21/2015 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia to provide funding for damages caused by December's heavy rain

HALIFAX - People in Nova Scotia who suffered uninsurable losses from heavy rainfall in December can now apply to the provincial government for compensation.

Mark Furey, the minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office, says a disaster financial assistance program will provide basic recovery assistance to homeowners, small business owners and not-for-profit organizations affected by the heavy rains and flooding.

Some eligible expenses include infrastructure damage and replacing or repairing personal property.

The government says the eligible affected areas are Annapolis, Colchester, Cumberland, Digby, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Pictou, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties and Halifax Regional Municipality.

The deadline for applications is April 30.

From Dec. 9 to 12, up to 120 millimetres of rain fell in parts of mainland Nova Scotia, causing severe damage to homes and infrastructure.