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Almost $65 million in insured damage from severe summer storm in Alberta, Saskatchewan


August 24, 2016   by Canadian Underwriter


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A severe storm that swept through southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in the third week of July has prompted an insured damage estimate of almost $65 million, reports Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), based on figures provided by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).

View from the window of a private house in rainy weatherA low-pressure system caused heavy rainfall, large hail and localized flash flooding in parts of southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan on July 15-16, IBC notes in a statement Wednesday.

Causing significant hail damage in the Alberta community of Lethbridge, as well as localized flooding in Calgary and Arbour Lake, the storm also dumped 60-plus mm of rain on Swift Current, Sask. in less than one hour.

Alberta was hit hardest, IBC points out, with damage to homes and automobiles – largely because of hail – resulting in upwards of $59 million in claims alone.

Bill Adams, vice president, Western and Pacific for Insurance Bureau of Canada

Bill Adams, vice president, Western and Pacific for Insurance Bureau of Canada

Just a week earlier, another storm from a previous system hit the Prairies. CatIQ has estimated the event caused more than $48 million in insured damage.

Related: Severe summer storm in the Prairies causes more than $48 million in insured damage, CatIQ reports

“This is yet another example of severe weather events causing extensive damage in our region,” Bill Adams (pictured left), IBC’s vice president, Western and Pacific, says of the latest storm.

Noting that the summer to date has been active across the Prairies, “it reinforces the need for Canadians to understand their insurance policies and to have an emergency preparedness plan for when bad weather strikes,” Adams adds.

Related: Alberta storm event in late June cost an estimated $70 million in insured property damage: PCS Canada