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Study suggests climate change made B.C. floods at least twice as likely

February 16, 2022 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Catastrophic floods that swamped much of southern British Columbia last fall were at least twice as likely because of climate change, suggests new research from Environment Canada. The study, now undergoing peer review, concludes that the likelihood of similar events

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Governments announce $228 million agriculture recovery fund after B.C. floods

February 8, 2022 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – Agricultural producers affected by devastating flooding in British Columbia last November can apply for recovery funds through a $228-million package announced Monday by the provincial and federal governments. The total losses for the agricultural sector from flooding that

Motorist driving on closes Trans-Canada highway in Abbotsford, BC
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Claims costs keep rising for B.C. catastrophes

January 18, 2022 by Jason Contant

British Columbia’s costliest severe weather event in provincial history just got more expensive. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) confirmed to Canadian Underwriter Friday that the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry expects to pay out $515 million for claims

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Manitoba grand chief says $85.5M settlement for flood damage is fair

January 18, 2022 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – The grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says the latest court settlement for property owners affected by devastating flooding more than a decade ago is fair. The Manitoba government diverted water from the Assiniboine River to

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Expert panel says Canada needs to ‘up its game’ on climate data to better adapt

January 13, 2022 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A new report suggests Canada is not doing enough to adapt to and prevent the effects of climate change and is lacking the critical data it needs to do so.   “I mean, 2021 has really now been a

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Atmospheric river packing several powerful rainstorms heading for southern B.C.

January 10, 2022 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Power has been restored in two Vancouver Island communities that lost electricity early last week as snow, ice and wind storms pounded parts of British Columbia, but forecasters warn another powerful system is on the way. BC Hydro

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Insurance isn’t enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience

January 7, 2022 The Canadian Press

By Anne E. Kleffner, Professor, Risk Management and Insurance, University of Calgary and Mary Kelly, Chair in Insurance and Professor, Finance, Wilfrid Laurier University This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis

Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, B.C.
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Why the B.C. floods had less insured damages than the Calgary flood

January 5, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

British Columbia suffered its worst flood in the province’s history in late 2021, causing approximately $450 million in insured damages, according to estimates by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).   Still, the insured damages pale in comparison to Canada’s costliest flood, which

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B.C. farmers ‘white knuckling’ their way through extreme cold after floods, heat dome

January 4, 2022 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Richard Bosma’s cows had been home for less than a week after an evacuation due to flooding in Abbotsford, B.C., before temperatures plummeted on his farm. Bosma, who credits his faith with helping him remain resilient in a

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Heat dome, flooding, drought: A list of Canada’s Top 10 weather events in 2021

December 29, 2021 The Canadian Press

Dave Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, has been compiling a Top 10 list of Canada’s weather events for more than two decades. Here are his picks for 2021:   Heat dome in Western Canada: At the end of June,

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Key B.C. highway reopens to truck traffic after flood damage; rebuilds supply chains

December 21, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s “hobbled” supply chains received a major boost with the reopening of the primary transport route for goods heading to and from Metro Vancouver, a spokesman for the trucking industry said. The Coquihalla Highway between Hope and

Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, B.C.
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Main B.C. highway to reopen to essential traffic by Monday after storms

December 16, 2021 Hina Alam and Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A key highway link between British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and the rest of the province will reopen to essential traffic by the end of the day on Monday, five weeks after it was heavily damaged by severe rainstorms.