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How Quebec floods are challenging adjusters

May 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Many homes flooded in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que. will be total losses and may not have overland flood coverage, a vice president for an independent adjusting firm suggests. Claims adjusting firm ClaimsPro is involved in about 2,000 flood claims from April in

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Are sandbags effective? A look at the popular flood prevention tool

April 30, 2019 Michelle McQuigge - THE CANADIAN PRESS

For centuries, residents of flood-prone areas have looked to sandbags to stave off rising waters. Flood management experts say that while it’s easy to understand why sandbags have become the first line of defence, they may not necessarily be the

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Southern New Brunswick still flooded but waters are slowly receding

April 29, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Officials in New Brunswick are urging patience while floodwaters are receding, saying there’s a long way to go before the response can become a recovery effort. The province’s Emergency Measures Organization says that while water levels are slowly

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Best incentives to get homeowners to move out of floodplains

April 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Massive flooding in Quebec has shined the spotlight on suitable incentives that may get homeowners to move out of floodplains. Quebec Premier François Legault said recently that the province will offer a maximum of $100,000 to homeowners dealing with flood

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How much of the Quebec flooding is insurable?

April 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

About one in three Quebec homeowners have overland flood coverage, but that number could be much lower in areas affected by recent floods. In the Montreal suburb of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., waters from Lake of Two Mountains breached a dike at about

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One in 1,000-year flood happening in Quebec

April 26, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante and Stephane Blais - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec public security officials called for the immediate evacuation of an area along the Rouge River west of Montreal on Thursday because of the risk a hydro dam could fail. Simon Racicot, director of production and maintenance with

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Lake levels continue to rise near Bracebridge: mayor

April 25, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

BRACEBRIDGE, Ont. – The mayor of a small town in central Ontario’s cottage country says water levels in two nearby lakes have now exceeded those last seen during devastating flooding in 2013, and the weather forecast is “not promising.” Bracebridge

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Rising Saint John River frustrating swath of southern New Brunswick

April 24, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Thane Mallory says the picturesque water view out the back window is what keeps him going back every day to Gulliver’s World Cafe, his restaurant in Gagetown, N.B. “I wake up every morning and look out the back

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Is the industry taking a consistent approach to overland flood coverage?

April 23, 2019 by Jason Contant

Are carriers taking a consistent approach to covering overland flood? The flood waters sweeping across New Brunswick and Quebec have brought the issue to the forefront. In general, overland flood was not covered in Canada until 2015; only sewer backup

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Spring melt floods thousands of Quebec homes

April 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Nearly 2,400 homes in Quebec have been flooded following the spring melt in the province, according to statistics released early Monday morning by the provincial government. The flooding has resulted in the evacuation of more than 1,500 residents. The city

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Flooding fears persist in Quebec town after worst deluge in 48 years

April 17, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

BEAUCEVILLE, Que. – A Quebec town that this week suffered its worst flooding in nearly 50 years is fearing more damage as rain is forecast in the coming days. Officials in Beauceville, about 90 kilometres south of Quebec City, say

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How insurers can turn their salvage into social purpose

April 17, 2019 by Jason Contant

If your client has filed a claim after experiencing a major event like a flood or fire, it’s likely that contractors have removed salvageable materials that are still usable. For example, in the event of a kitchen flood, contractors may