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A mall parking lot after flooding in Halifax in July.
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After July floods took four lives, Nova Scotia plans flood plain mapping by 2026

November 17, 2023 Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A plan is now in place to create the kind of detailed flood plain maps that some of Nova Scotia’s emergency managers have said they lacked when torrential flooding occurred in July. Byron Rafuse, deputy minister of the

People stranded by high water due to flooding in B.C.
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B.C. disaster response outdated and inaccessible for evacuees: ombudsperson

October 4, 2023 Brieanna Charlebois - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Emergency support programs for disaster evacuees in British Columbia are outdated, under-resourced, inaccessible and poorly communicated, according to a report by the province’s ombudsperson. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke’s report on the government’s response to wildfires and severe flooding in

Flooded home in Nova Scotia
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Weather-related home repairs highest in Atlantic Canada: HomeStars survey

September 26, 2023 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Homeowners in Atlantic Canada completed the highest number of emergency repairs due to weather-related events in the past year, according to HomeStars’ latest renovation report.   One-third of homeowners across Canada who renovated or repaired their properties in the

A gas station destroyed by the Bush Creek East wildfire in Squilax, B.C.
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B.C. to introduce new disaster management laws to address preparedness, mitigation

September 20, 2023 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s emergency management minister said the province will be ready to introduce “in the coming weeks” new laws to govern responses to increasingly frequent natural disasters such as wildfires and flooding.   Bowinn Ma told a gathering at

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Lee update: Where the damage is likely to happen

September 14, 2023 by David Gambrill

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are bracing for flooding and high winds as Hurricane Lee approaches landfall in Atlantic Canada as a Category 1 storm. Currently showing wind speeds of 155 km/h, Lee is expected to become a strong tropical

Repairs being made to the Sumas River dike following flooding in November 2021
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Province aware of dike problems before destructive flooding in 2021, documents show

September 13, 2023 Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Officials with the British Columbia government and the City of Merritt were aware of significant problems with dikes for several years before a series of atmospheric rivers flooded the community, documents released through a freedom of information request show. The

Flooding in Nova Scotia in July 2023
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Government won’t commit to buying out homes ravaged by recent N.S. flooding

September 8, 2023 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s housing minister says any request for the province to buy homes damaged in a Halifax suburb in flooding last July would have to come from the municipality. John Lohr says while he’s not prepared to say

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Thunderstorms now a primary concern for insurers

August 10, 2023 by David Gambrill

Damage from secondary perils such as thunderstorms in the first half of 2023 is of primary concern to reinsurers. A series of widespread thunderstorms hitting the U.S. accounted for 68% of global insured natural catastrophe losses in the first half

A washed-out roadway in Nova Scotia following flooding.
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‘Complacency’ blamed for N.S. struggles with flooding, other climate disasters

August 1, 2023 Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – On the night floodwaters swept through his Nova Scotia county, taking lives and tearing out bridges, Doug Pynch says he had trouble believing an emergency alert that flashed across his phone. It called for residents to evacuate to

A washed-out section of highway in Riviere-Eternite, Que. following a major landslide
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Quebec landslides bring insurance coverage questions into focus

July 12, 2023 by Jason Contant

With heavy rains triggering flooding and landslides in parts of Quebec, some clients may understandably have questions about which perils are covered under their insurance policies. Certain types of water damage are typically covered, while coverage for overland flooding or

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Government announces aid for residents affected by spring flooding

May 30, 2023 The Canadian Press

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon government says it’s working to provide financial support and other help to residents and businesses hurt by ongoing flooding in the Klondike Valley. The government said 82 residents have signed up for emergency support services so

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Waters recede in parts of flood-ravaged B.C. as half of province remains under threat

May 8, 2023 The Canadian Press

CACHE CREEK, B.C. – Much of British Columbia’s Interior continued to be under the threat of flooding triggered by rain and warm weather Sunday, but water levels appeared to be receding at one of the hardest hit communities.   Even