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Evacuations and flood warnings, watches issued as rivers swell in northwest B.C.

June 4, 2021 The Canadian Press

Rapid snow melt or heavy rains have prompted flood warnings, watches or high streamflow advisories in British Columbia from the central coast north to the Yukon boundary and along most of the eastern length of the province. Evacuation orders and

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Downpours in southeast B.C. raise flood concerns

May 25, 2021 The Canadian Press

FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS, B.C. – An evacuation alert has been issued for more than 200 homes and businesses in southeastern British Columbia as a weekend downpour and the likelihood of more rain raise the potential for flooding in the Fairmont

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Flooding forces 700 people out of their homes in Fort Simpson, N.W.T.

May 12, 2021 The Canadian Press

FORT SIMPSON, N.W.T. – A mayor in the Northwest Territories was watching for movement in slabs of ice and snow sitting on top of one of two rivers threatening his community on Tuesday. About 700 of Fort Simpson’s 1,200 residents

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Residents of Old Fort, B.C. suing province, others over slow-moving landslide

January 21, 2021 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Residents of a tiny community in northeastern British Columbia are suing the local and provincial governments over two slow-moving landslides they claim caused their property values to plummet. In a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme

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Nighttime fire in western P.E.I. seniors home forces evacuation

January 19, 2021 The Canadian Press

WELLINGTON, P.E.I. – A fire inside a seniors home in western P.E.I. forced 47 residents from the building on Monday night, but there were no reports of serious injuries. Desmond Arsenault, spokesman for the Wellington Fire Department, says soon after

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Why the Fort McMurray wildfire wasn’t worse

December 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

A young, mobile population with strong safety training contributed to a successful evacuation during Canada’s costliest disaster three years ago in Fort McMurray, Alta., an author said recently at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) inaugural Commercial Insurance Symposium. “Most work

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Where did everyone go?

June 16, 2019 Emily Atkins

How do you keep track of your insureds when disasters force your clients to abandon the primary address you have on file?

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B.C. wildfire season now second worst in province’s history

August 27, 2018 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A year after the single worst season for wildfires in British Columbia’s history, government statistics indicate the 2018 wildfire season has already reached the second-worst mark, burning more than 9,450 square kilometres of land so far. That should

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Crews fight hotspots, flare ups in large fire

June 11, 2018 The Canadian Press

COLE HARBOUR, N.S. – Fire flared up again near a popular hiking trail in Cole Harbour, N.S., as crews continued to try to put out hotspots and quench the remnants of a large blaze that forced the evacuation of dozens

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Out of control B.C. wildfire one of the largest of 2018 season

May 27, 2018 The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Members of the public are no longer allowed in the area around Allie Lake, B.C., where one of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control. The B.C. Wildfire Service has issued

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Report to government suggests hot opportunity for brokers right now

May 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers in British Columbia looking to place overland flood cover should review a recent study that found polled respondents did not have access to overland flood insurance, did not know about it, or found it unaffordable. Even more alarming, most

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What could cause more flood woes in B.C.

May 14, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Torrential rains that pushed southern British Columbia waterways to flood stage have eased, but officials warn a new threat of unseasonably warm weather could rapidly melt snowpacks, adding to already swollen rivers. David Campbell, head of the B.C.