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Almost 3,800 businesses in three regions at risk from flooding: StatCan

May 24, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says almost 3,800 business locations were at risk of being affected by spring flooding in three of the hardest hit regions of the country. About 1,500 were potentially affected as of the end of April in

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How this property restoration firm got in and out of trouble

May 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A restoration contractor whose employee drove a company vehicle with a suspended licence is getting its truck back from police impoundment. A man identified as “C.S.” was pulled over in Barrie late Friday evening March 15 while driving a  2017

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Provinces asking feds for $138 million to help buy out flooded properties

May 16, 2019 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Flood-ravaged provinces are asking the federal government to provide almost $138 million to move or buy out homeowners affected by previous years’ inundations, according to new data that gives a glimpse into the national costs of helping residents

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Flood threat remains in Quebec and Ontario

May 15, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The Canadian Forces will maintain soldiers in Quebec to remove sandbags and restore critical infrastructure in communities hit by flooding, Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan said Monday. And while flooding has largely stabilized or begun to subside, high water levels

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The challenges of assessing seasonal home damage

May 13, 2019 by Adam Malik

Despite being told flooding in Ontario’s Cottage Country back in 2013 was one-in-100-years event, area businesses and residents are cleaning up from a second and more widespread flooding incident in less than a decade. Climate is playing a key role

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How much will the eastern Canada flooding cost?

May 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

Total economic losses from the recent flooding in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are expected minimally to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars (U.S.), Aon’s latest catastrophe report said. The flooding event has already been declared a catastrophe

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Waters to rise again in Ottawa area, even as N.B. turns to flood recovery mode

May 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Water levels are expected to rise again this weekend between Ottawa and Montreal, even as New Brunswick’s floods are effectively over. Officials warned late Thursday that “significant” rainfall is expected to raise water levels in the Ottawa/Gatineau area down to

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‘It’s triage now’: Cottage Country brokers deal with flood fallout

May 6, 2019 by Adam Malik

Brokers in Ontario’s Muskoka region are calling the recent flooding event the worst disaster they’ve ever seen. Both Stephen Darling, president at A.W. Shiers Insurance Brokers, and Adam Caswell, owner of Hutcheson Reynolds & Caswell, said damage is greater and

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Should insurers offer incentive for remote water shut-off?

May 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client owns a multi-storey commercial or residential building and installs a system that lets them shut water off immediately if necessary, how easy is it to get a break on insurance? “To the best of our knowledge there

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Health and safety inspection teams head to flood affected zones in New Brunswick

May 3, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Health and safety inspection teams are fanning out across flood-affected regions of New Brunswick, assessing homes and businesses that are still drying out amid receding floodwaters. New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization says the teams will inspect electrical systems

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How brokers personally assist during floods

May 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

The flooding last year in Grand Forks, B.C. was a prime example of how an insurance broker provides more than just policy advice and advocacy when disaster strikes. A broker could provide money upfront for additional living expenses, emotional support

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Health Canada warns mould is a serious concern in flood hit homes

May 2, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Health Canada is warning of the dangers of mould in homes and cottages hit by this year’s spring flooding. Federal biologist Francis Lavoie says it’s important to dry wet walls and belongings within 48 hours, but that’s not always possible