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The downside for brokers of better commercial flood mapping

November 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial brokerages are going to have to start buying the same data on commercial flood risk that insurance carriers are already buying, says a Toronto commercial broker. Insurers tend to have data on the claims history of commercial property, and

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How change of backyard elevation spawns liability risk

November 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A London, Ont. homeowner is in legal trouble because the water that was supposed to flow east from his neighbour’s backyard, across his property, started going the wrong way 12 years ago. In Dankiewicz v. Sullivan, released Nov. 4, Justice

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Snow-battered province faces flood advisory

October 23, 2019 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Some areas of Manitoba are watching rivers and lakes closely as the province warns rain could bring high water – or even flooding – after a devastating snowstorm more than a week ago. Rain forecast for southeastern Manitoba

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Is it time for a U.S.-style flood insurance program?

October 18, 2019 by Jason Contant

Although the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in the United States has its shortcomings, a similar program could benefit Canada if steps were taken to avoid its flaws, suggested an article published in MSA’s Quarterly Outlook Report for Q2 2019.

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Flood risk in southwestern Ontario: It’s not just rainfall…

October 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Higher-than normal levels on the Great Lakes are increasing water damage risk in Windsor, Ont., which was hit two years ago with flooding that cost the industry more than $100 million. “We are well above where we typically are for

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Don’t count on Canada-wide, high-resolution flood modelling anytime soon

October 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Flood maps with a resolution of two metres would be ideal, but don’t expect anything like this Canada-wide anytime soon. The current standard for the spacing of a topographic grid for regional mapping and modelling is 30 metres, as the

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Alberta approves disaster funding for wildfire, flood damage

October 4, 2019 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Wildfires and too much rain this year will put a $30-million dent in Alberta’s finances. The United Conservative cabinet has declared official disasters in some communities to free up money to cover damage caused by the flames and

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Calgary flood protection project faces opposition

September 24, 2019 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Alberta’s premier says it’s possible a proposed reservoir to protect Calgary from floods will have to go back to the drawing board if federal regulators say no or court delays persist. Opponents of the dry reservoir at Springback,

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A new real-time model for predicting urban flood resilience

August 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

A newly-proposed flood model can provide a real-time prediction of urban flooding caused by heavy rainfall in a changing climate, but it may not be of particular interest to insurers. “The model can be used not only for real-time flooding

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Post-flood demolition begins in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac

August 19, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

STE-MARTHE-SUR-LE-LAC, Que. – Four months after a dike ruptured and forced 6,000 people from the town of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, demolition work has begun on flood-stricken homes in the community west of Montreal. Roland Gariepy, 77, paid a visit to his old

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Flood risk awareness: Dialogue around “re-location” has arrived

July 18, 2019 by David Gambrill

Canadian P&C insurers believe they are starting to make headway with national and provincial governments on the climate change adaptation file. This has put the industry in the thick of a relatively new political dialogue about re-locating Canadians who live

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How buyouts of flood-prone properties are going in this community

July 8, 2019 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

More than one year after rescuers swam from home to home in a low-income neighbourhood devastated by flooding in Grand Forks, B.C., some residents say they were rattled to learn the property buyouts they’ve been waiting for will be based