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State of emergency declared following Peterborough floods


July 15, 2004   by Canadian Underwriter


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Adjusters have already made their way to Peterborough, Ontario, where flooding has left the city in a state of emergency. While no damage figures are yet available, the city faces massive clean-up as basements flooded and roads washed away in heavy rainfall Thursday.
Some areas saw rainfall as high as 230 mm, and the storm watch continued throughout Thursday and into early Friday, although the storm is headed east. This is the same storm front which caused flooding Sunday in the Edmonton area.
The province has declared a state of emergency in the region and Community Safety Minister Monte Kwinter, along with a team of community officers, headed to Peterborough as well to assess damage and set up evacuation centers. No injuries have been reported so far, and although the roof of a seniors home collapsed, no residents were hurt.
Insurers could face a large bill, as a great deal of damage was caused by sewer back-up, which many homeowners should have purchased coverage for.
Crawford Adjusters Canada reports it has deployed a team to catastrophe adjusters to the area, as it did in Edmonton earlier this week. While having concurrent severe events stretches the resources of the industry, adjusters are ready to handle the task, says Crawford CEO Glenn Gibson. “Multiple catastrophe situations are not uncommon in Canada. We faced a similar situation last summer when responding to forest fire losses in BC and hurricane claims in Atlantic Canada.”