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How Chuckegg Creek Wildfire could affect Canadian insurers

May 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The wildfire affecting northern Alberta is much larger than the one that devastated Slave Lake in 2011 but property losses seemed minimal on Thursday afternoon. “At this point we are hearing there are no major structures that have been lost,”

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Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

May 21, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HIGH LEVEL, Alta. – Fire officials say the winds continue to be favourable as crews battle a large wildfire burning a few kilometres from a northwestern Alberta town. Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First

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How province is responding to growing Alberta wildfire threat

May 17, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON –  The Alberta government has imposed a fire ban and restrictions on off-highway vehicle use in the northern half of the province. The government says the decision was made due to the growing threat of wildfires. The areas affected

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Provinces asking feds for $138 million to help buy out flooded properties

May 16, 2019 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Flood-ravaged provinces are asking the federal government to provide almost $138 million to move or buy out homeowners affected by previous years’ inundations, according to new data that gives a glimpse into the national costs of helping residents

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Flood threat remains in Quebec and Ontario

May 15, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The Canadian Forces will maintain soldiers in Quebec to remove sandbags and restore critical infrastructure in communities hit by flooding, Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan said Monday. And while flooding has largely stabilized or begun to subside, high water levels

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How much will the eastern Canada flooding cost?

May 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

Total economic losses from the recent flooding in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are expected minimally to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars (U.S.), Aon’s latest catastrophe report said. The flooding event has already been declared a catastrophe

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Waters to rise again in Ottawa area, even as N.B. turns to flood recovery mode

May 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Water levels are expected to rise again this weekend between Ottawa and Montreal, even as New Brunswick’s floods are effectively over. Officials warned late Thursday that “significant” rainfall is expected to raise water levels in the Ottawa/Gatineau area down to

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Health and safety inspection teams head to flood affected zones in New Brunswick

May 3, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Health and safety inspection teams are fanning out across flood-affected regions of New Brunswick, assessing homes and businesses that are still drying out amid receding floodwaters. New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization says the teams will inspect electrical systems

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Health Canada warns mould is a serious concern in flood hit homes

May 2, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Health Canada is warning of the dangers of mould in homes and cottages hit by this year’s spring flooding. Federal biologist Francis Lavoie says it’s important to dry wet walls and belongings within 48 hours, but that’s not always possible

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How Quebec floods are challenging adjusters

May 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Many homes flooded in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que. will be total losses and may not have overland flood coverage, a vice president for an independent adjusting firm suggests. Claims adjusting firm ClaimsPro is involved in about 2,000 flood claims from April in

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Are sandbags effective? A look at the popular flood prevention tool

April 30, 2019 Michelle McQuigge - THE CANADIAN PRESS

For centuries, residents of flood-prone areas have looked to sandbags to stave off rising waters. Flood management experts say that while it’s easy to understand why sandbags have become the first line of defence, they may not necessarily be the

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One in 1,000-year flood happening in Quebec

April 26, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante and Stephane Blais - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec public security officials called for the immediate evacuation of an area along the Rouge River west of Montreal on Thursday because of the risk a hydro dam could fail. Simon Racicot, director of production and maintenance with